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Labor Day, Hip-Hooray!

September 4, 2015 / Education, Holidays

Happy Labor Day to All!

Labor Day can be a bit confusing to kids. First of all, what’s labor mean? It’s not an everyday word anymore. Second, why does a day about work mean a day off from school? Here are some interesting facts about the day that you can share with your kids on their school-free Monday.

What is Labor?

Labor, as most adults (and all moms!) know, means work. Hard work.

What exactly does Labor Day celebrate?

It is a national holiday that celebrates workers. The United States Department of Labor explains that the holiday is a “yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

When is Labor Day?

It’s always the first Monday in September.

Who invented Labor Day?

That’s an interesting question! Some people think it was a man named Peter J. McGuire, who was a carpenter, first suggested the holiday. Other people think it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist from New Jersey, who first proposed the idea. Either way, Congress made it a national holiday in 1894.

Why do so many people still have to work on Labor Day?

Labor Day is a national holiday, which means that many governmental workers (mail carriers, for example) get the day off. All other businesses get to decide for themselves whether or not to remain open on Labor Day.

Now that you know all about Labor Day, come on over to the Oopsy Daisy site and take a look at our fine art for kids’ rooms.

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