Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Five Things to Do this Labor Day:
1. Enjoy the final weekend at the pool before they close for the season.
2. Head to Virginia Beach for the Rock and Roll Festival Weekend for a full weekend of great entertainment!
3. Head to the 102nd Chesterfield County Fair! Opening Day – Friday, August 28, 2015 (4-11 PM) runs through Sept 5
4. Harvest Festival At First Colony Winery lunch, live entertainment, wine tasting, tractor rides, winery tours and grape stomping http://www.firstcolonywinery.com
5. Kick back and do nothing, you’ve earned it!
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.
Whatever you decide to do this Labor Day, put your feet up, take some time off and if you see one, thank a McGuire (or a Maguire).