Do you ever wonder why we call it Labor Day when it is one of the days on which we do not labor? I sure have. Labor Day is one of the only holidays we celebrate that is seemingly named for what doesn’t happen on that day. Labor Day wasn’t always a day of rest, though. In fact, the first Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday at all. It began in the streets of New York City on September 5, 1882, when thousands of American laborers took the day off to march on behalf of the rights of workers like themselves.
Although Labor Day 2016 has lost much of the original intent of the day—and you’re probably not going to spend your day off taking to the streets with your coworkers—I have some ideas for ways that we can honor the original intent of Labor Day while we enjoy our three day weekends (for those of us lucky enough to have weekends off).