Labor Day 2020: More Than the End of Summer

by Tierney | Sep 04th, 2020

Labor Day in the United States of America is the final long weekend that marks the end of summer for many of us. It is the last hoorah of summer fun before the cold months approach us, and for many is the last time they will wear white until the following spring. The holiday was originally established in 1894 in New York City, and is dedicated to American workers, their achievements, and contributions they have made to the prosperity of the United States.

At Photobucket, we are celebrating families, equality, and the many reasons why we work diligently hard each and every day for the better of the country. On the first Labor Day, 10,000 workers marched in New York City. This originally happened in 1882 before it was categorized as a national holiday. The marchers gathered in the largest park in the city with their families for picnics and empowering speeches. Today, 97% of employers celebrate Labor Day. Nearly all employers in our country grant Labor Day as a paid holiday. It is a great weekend where the hard-working people of our nation come together with their families and celebrate the importance of working. 

In 1898, Samuel Gompers, the head of the American Federation of Labor said workers should “lay down their tools of labor for a holiday, but upon which they may touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.”

Fun Facts & Labor Day Quotes: 

  • The Industrial Revolution began in the United States in the late 1800s. Did you know that the average American typically worked 12 hour shifts and seven days a week to afford basic necessities for a family unit? 
  • Children were even working back in those times, and it wasn’t until 1938 that laws came into place banning most child labor in the United States. Children as young as 5 years old would be working in factories, mines, and mills. The children were only earning a fraction of what an American adult would earn on any given shift. 
  • Workplaces were unsafe for people of all ages, especially the recent immigrants and the poverty stricken. These unsafe working conditions included poor sanitary facilities, none or not enough breaks, and sometimes without even good access to fresh air!
  • Did you know the eight-hour work day was not established until 1916? It was in the early 1900’s, where many labor laws were finally established. It wasn’t until 1938 that laws came into place banning most child labor in the United States. 

Photo by Tatiana Syrikova

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership.” – the American worker.

Labor Day Celebrations 2020 Edition:

2020 has been an odd year for all of us, so it is “safe” to say this year will not include the number of celebrations still held every year in towns across the US. It seems like festivals are a thing of the past with the nation’s partaking in social distancing in all instances. Nonetheless, Labor Day will be celebrated on Monday, September 7, 2020. All of our working force will be uniting on this day, regardless of class, job, or race, even in the face of these uncertain times we celebrate American workers and welcome autumn. 

If you are celebrating and documenting those memories as images, we want you to show us your Labor Day fun by uploading to Photobucket! Also- Tag us in your best Labor Day Weekend Pics for a shout-out! Hashtag #LaborDayPhotobucketChallenge  

So whether you are home enjoying family by grilling out or celebrating in the midst of close friends and family. The Photobucket Team wants to wish you and yours a safe holiday weekend! Visit Instagram: @Photobucket and to share today!