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Celebrating Labor Day

By Staff | Sep 2, 2015

Labor Day is probably one of the biggest misnomers on our calendar, so let’s set the record straight.

Labor Day is not a day when you should work.

Labor Day is in fact a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create “a day off for the working man.”

Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. All 50 states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s.

Politically, is doesn’t matter if you’re management or labor. We all deserve a day off. Luckily, we don’t have very far to go in our area to have a fantastic, bang-up Labor Day celebration.

This weekend, Graettinger celebrates its 119th annual Labor Day Celebration with three full days of events and entertainment. From the street dance on Saturday to the talent show and crowning of the Labor Day queen on Sunday with the festivities culminating with the annual parade on Monday, Graettinger has something for all ages.

Can you think of a better reason to not work this Labor Day weekend?

Help support MDA

While the Muscular Dystrophy Association discontinued its annual Labor Day Telethon this year, those interested in donating to the fight against the disease can still help.

As seen on Page 1 of today’s Estherville News, Estherville firefighters will again hold their Fill the Boot campaign to collect monies for the Association. So if traveling through downtown Estherville, please help the firefighters in their collection efforts at the corner of Central Avenue and North Fifth Street.