The meaning of Labor Day

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The meaning of the Labor Day holiday has changed and developed throughout the years.

New York City’s Central Labor Union first proposed a holiday in 1882 to honor the contributions of the American workforce.

For most people 22News spoke with its mostly about spending time with those that mean most.

Pete Chrzanowski, of Greenfield said, “I mean this is a special occasion. I work five or six days a week. I’m a contractor so having time off with the family especially an extra day you know a third day of the weekend is just a special occasion for us.”

The original Labor Day celebrations featured parades to recognize the strength of trade and labor organizations, followed by recreation for workers and their families. That part that hasn’t changed all that much.

Cookouts,cooking those hamburgers, hot dogs, playing horse shoes, volleyball.  Just having a good old time,”Dan Trombley, of Greenfield said.

Jennifer Hayes of Greenfield said, “It means family time. We’re staying together. We’re going to have some fun. We’re enjoying the weather. Feeling good I’m happy that we have a sunny day to be together.”

“Just spending some time with friends and family and not wearing office clothes and enjoying the day,” Miriam Aylward, of Turners Falls said.

Congress made Labor Day an official holiday in 1894.


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