GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A long-standing Labor Day tradition in the Tri-State continues.
Union members, families, and the general public gathered in Princeton for the annual Labor Day Association Parade.
The parade included floats, bands and lot of salutes to organized labor.
The Labor Day Festival in southwestern Indiana is one of the oldest Labor Day festivals in the country.
“Labor helped build our nation what it is today. Our Middle Class was built through the unions. And the unions are slowly going away to political reasons and stuff like that, but its a wonderful thing, changed my life.”
It tends to rotate among host communities in SW Indiana.
The history of Labor Day
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every September, recognizing the men and women who labor to build and maintain America.
But do you know when the first Labor Day was celebrated in the U.S.?
The first celebration was in 1882 in New York City, but it wasn’t until 1894 that Congress declared the day a national holiday.
In many other countries, including most of Europe, May 1st – or May Day – is the day workers are honored.
The timing of the U.S. Labor Day marks the end of summer for many.
As of July, there were more than 160 million people in the U.S. labor force.
(This story was originally published on September 2, 2019)