tomorrow is Labor Day… hooray for long weekends!
now, perhaps everyone and their mamas knows exactly what Labor Day is, and why it is we celebrate. but for anyone who doesn’t *sheepishly raises hand* here is a brief background, courtesy of “How Stuff Works.”
Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. Others credit Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J.
The first Labor Day parade occurred Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea spread across the country, and some states designated Labor Day as a holiday before the federal holiday was created.
President Grover Cleveland signed a law designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day nationwide. from here: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/question459.htm
and there you have it.
in honor of this respite-providing holiday, here is an end of summer staple with an
adult twist. enjoy!
pic & recipe from here: http://www.thepreppychicblog.com
2 cups lemon-flavored sparkling water or club soda, chilled
1/2 cup citrus-flavored vodka, chilled
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange liqueur
Garnish: lemon slices
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large pitcher. Serve over crushed ice.
2. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice, if desired.
happy bbqs, sleep-ins and get-togethers to you all!