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.
Some fun facts that surround Labor Day:
- Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
- In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white.
- In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.
- NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.
- The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held on Labor Day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.
- In the U.S. most school districts that started summer vacation in early to mid-June will resume school near this day (while schools that had summer begin near Memorial Day will have already been in session for about 3 weeks.)