cheers, to labor day!

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 Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

­­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:

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:

Lemonade Sparkle
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
Crushed ice
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!


2 thoughts on “cheers, to labor day!

  1. N asked me about Labor Day, and I wisely demured. . .since I thought it had something to do with getting kids out of school so they could LABOR on the farm, help with the harvest, blah blah blah.

    Thanks for throwing some knowledge our way.


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