The real reason we celebrate Labor Day

By: Stacia Strong Email
By: Stacia Strong Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The parades and parties have winded down the grill has gone cold and the ice chest is empty, after another three day weekend.

But what is the true meaning of Labor Day?

President Grover Cleveland created Labor Day as a federal holiday on June 28, 1894, after a failed attempt to end a railroad strike when workers were fighting for shorter work days.

U.S. laborers were also demanding that the government recognize the working man's contribution to the prosperity and strength of America.

Labor Day is steeped with the history of the working man and people's right to better working conditions. At the time of the labor strikes many people were working 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

So we took to the streets on Labor Day to ask people why they thought we celebrate the day.

“I don't know first thing that comes to mind is just having jobs but I’m not too sure what labor day is all about growing up I just knew it was a reason for everyone to get together and barbecue," said Bronson, a Mesa County resident.

Labor Day is officially known as a day to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.

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