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At International Hot Tub in Denver, we take great pride in our leisure and relaxation time in our hot tubs.

Without the contributions of American workers, our country would not be as prosperous as it is today or has been in so many recent decades. There’s even a day devoted to recognizing the achievements of American workers, and that day is Labor Day. That means it is the perfect day to UNWIND and RELAX in a HotSpring hot tub :)

A little Labor Day history...

Nowadays, Labor Day is traditionally celebrated with picnics, barbecues, sports events and roadtrips. Known as the end of the traditional summer vacation season, most schools, businesses, and government offices are closed.

Labor Day always falls on the first Monday in September. It originated out of the labor movement. The inspiration actually came from Canada in 1872. Those early years were a fight for union worker rights.

In the late 1800s, several municipalities gave the first emphasis on Labor Day. State legislation soon followed with Colorado, Oregon and several other states giving the Labor Day holiday legislative enactment.

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September annually a legal holiday.

The first proposal created about Labor Day outlines how it is meant to be celebrated. The ideal was that a street parade would exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, as well as a festival for recreation of the workers and their families.

As the years went on, more focus was placed upon the economic and social aspects of Labor Day. The medium of celebration has changed over the years. Still, through the years, American leaders, educators, union officials, and government authorities give widely-covered addresses on the news media.

America the Beautiful, with her foundation of political and economic democracy, has created the highest standard of living and productivity that this world has ever known. Without the labor, strength and leadership of now-155 million American workers, this would not be possible. Such an achievement deems this national holiday fitting.

Did you know that…?

  • Both Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, and Matthew Maguire (not related), a machinist, have been credited as the Father of Labor Day.
  • Tradition holds that Americans do not wear seersucker or white clothes after Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.
  • Most teams play the first football game of the season every Labor Day weekend.
  • In the late 19th century, Americans typically worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week just to make ends meet. And they even began working as young as 5-6 years of age.
  • The standard 8-hour workday was established in 1916 with the Adamson Act. This is a regulation of employees of private American companies.
  • The first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday in 1882. The Central Labor Union coordinated it in New York City with a parade of 10,000 workers.

We like to spend our Labor Day relaxing in a hot tub after a swim-exercise session in an Endless Pools Fitness System.Tell us your favorite way to spend your Labor Day in the comments section.

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Happy Labor Day!

 

 With help from these sources: http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveodland/2012/08/29/10-labor-day-facts/#4d6251ff6a27

https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history 

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