Labor Day, for most of us, has always just been a free day off. Unlike Memorial Day or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it never seemed to have a real message -- no one pauses to give thanks to a person or a cause, no ceremonies or television specials . . . it's just, simply put, AWESOME.
But where does Labor Day come from? Why do we celebrate it? Thanks to Patch.com, I got the facts for ya!
1) Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September since September 5, 1882.
2) The founder of Labor Day is debatable. Some trace the holiday to Peter McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. This sweet dude wanted a holiday to "honor those who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." So, everyone who works, basically. Kudos! But nowadays, many agree that Matthew Maguire had the idea for the holiday in 1882. He was a machinist and secretary of an International Association of Machinists chapter.
3) Labor Day began to be recognized by states by 1885, but it was made an official national holiday in 1894.
4) You can absolutely wear white after Labor Day. The whole thing started because rich people wore white clothes in the summer while on their "holidays", but when they returned to the dirty cities, white clothes were impractical. Nowadays, the city and country are pretty much equally dirty, so wear white whenever you want!
I hope to see you rockin' your winter whites soon!