Get the kids ready to go back to school. Get ready for a 3 day weekend. Get ready for one last cookout. Labor Day signifies the end of the summer. Here are some fun facts about Labor Day:

  • The first Labor Day observance was believed to have been a parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, organized by the Central Labor Union. 10,000 workers marched in the parade up Broadway.
  • By 1893 more than half of the states were observing Labor Day and a bill to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday was introduced in Congress.
  • On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law an act making the first Monday of September Labor Day, a federal holiday.
  • In most other countries, Labor Day is celebrated on May 1st.
  • Labor Day is the third most popular holiday weekend for barbecuing, after July 4th and Memorial Day. 55 percent of Americans are expected to fire up their grills.
  • Labor Day is the official end to hot dog season. According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, hot dog season begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
  • More than 7 billion hot dogs are eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • 99.44 percent of the time, the NFL plays its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day.

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