Though summer's end is technically in late September, Labor Day weekend often signals the transition from the warm, languid months to the busy start of fall. Families may mark it as the weekend before the new school year or the last chance to swim before pools are closed for the season. More than anything else, it's a chance to spend some quality time with friends and family, and enjoy delicious grilled food. (And, of course, snap some pictures for your final summer Instagram captions.) This year will mark Labor Day's 140th anniversary in America, and while there are numerous variations celebrated around the world, ours has its own unique history and meaning.
Many of the rights we enjoy and take for granted today, were hard-fought wins by the labor movement of the late 19th century. Labor Day was created to honor the women and men who campaigned tirelessly for workers' rights, such as a 40-hour work week, safe work conditions, paid time off, and sick leave. (Can you imagine what it was like before?!) They saw that there could be no freedom and liberty in this country without economic freedom for the working class. The holiday honors the source of this nation's strength—American workers, unions, and labor leaders. No matter how you decide to celebrate Labor Day 2022, take some time to reflect and pay tribute to all the laborers, past and present, who helped build America and make it the country it is today.