Summer ends with a cheer and welcomes autumn to take over our natural domain. Before this change, however, a vital holiday appeared to remind American workers of their worth: Labor Day.
Labor Day is dedicated to honoring American workers’ contributions and achievements. The holiday, celebrated annually on the first Monday of September, was established as a national holiday in 1894. It serves as a reminder of the importance of the American workforce, the value of hard work, and the power of collective action.
Labor Day’s History
We celebrate Labor Day every year for the same reason we celebrate President’s Day, The Fourth of July, and many other American holidays – they’re all essential parts of our history that deserve recognition.
The origins of Labor Day date back to the late 19th century when American workers faced poor working conditions, low wages, and long hours. The labor movement arose to address these issues, and workers organized strikes and protests to demand better treatment. One of the most significant of these was the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, which led to the deaths of several workers and police officers.
Over time, the labor movement gained momentum, and workers began to make gains. In 1914, Congress designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day, a national holiday dedicated to honoring the achievements of American workers.
Labor Day Today
Today, Labor Day serves as a time for reflection and celebration. It is a chance to acknowledge the many contributions that American workers have made to society and the economy. From building our infrastructure to serving in our armed forces, from teaching our children to creating our cultural heritage, American workers are essential to the success of our country.
Labor Day also provides an opportunity to remember American workers’ struggles and recognize the ongoing fight for fair wages, safe working conditions, and fundamental human rights. Despite significant progress in recent years, many workers still need help, particularly in low-wage retail and fast-food industries.
Modern Times and Historical Holidays
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role that essential workers play in keeping our communities running. From healthcare workers to grocery store employees to delivery drivers, essential workers have risked their health and safety to ensure we have the resources to stay safe and healthy.
As we celebrate Labor Day this year, we must recognize the importance of supporting American workers. We can do this by advocating for policies that promote fair wages, safe working conditions, and access to healthcare. We can also show our appreciation for essential workers by thanking them for their service and supporting them in any way we can.
A Labor of Love
Labor Day is an essential holiday that reminds us of the significant contributions that American workers have made to our society and the ongoing struggle for worker’s rights. This September 1st, let us take a moment to honor the workers who have made America great and pledge our support for a brighter, more equitable future for all workers.
The Alchemist’s Kitchen stands with the workers of today and the past. Because of that, we’re offering a 25% off sale storewide from September 1st to the 4th! Be sure to take advantage of those great deals and find herbal aids that can help relieve the stress of every day.
Interested in learning more about plant medicines and history? Be sure to check out our Eventbrite for fun classes and educational herbal events. Remember, it’s all a labor of love!