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Labor Day is just around the corner. I´m looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and letting my gas grill do some labor for a change! So here´s a heartfelt Labor Day greeting from my family to yours!

Have you ever wondered how we came to celebrate a holiday with the odd name of Labor Day? Someone always asks, "Why is it called Labor Day when nobody labors on that day?"

While there is some disagreement regarding the original founder of Labor Day, we know that the first Labor Day parade was held by the Central Labor Union, September 5, 1882 in New York City. Common laborers were lobbying for recognition and appreciation for their long days and hard work (back then they received little pay and even less thanks). Over the next decade unions in other states began to adopt the day as a day of celebration and recognition of the contributions of the common laborer. Finally on June 28, 1894 Congress declared the first Monday in September a legal holiday.

For us Labor Day brings parades, festivals, speeches and picnics. Just as Memorial Day heralds the beginning of summer vacations, to most Americans Labor Day signals the waning of summer.

When this Labor Day roles around, don´t be a workaholic! Take a well deserved rest and enjoy your family! I hope you and yours have a fun and safe Labor Day!
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