September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day U.S.A.

If I were living in the U.S.A. I would be on a holiday walk with Gary- our famous "Holiday Walk" that started at my place in Banker's Hill (Front and Grape St.) and continued down to Little Italy, the habour, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp and then back to Banker's Hill... It's been our tradition for years to take this walk, as long is was on a national holiday! Anyhow, today is Labor Day in the U.S. which to me means a day of NO WORK!!! 

People enjoy a long weekend of beach, bbqs and hanging out with friends/family before the first day of school. Labour Day is really the "last day of summer vacation!" It's much like La Rentrée here in France, except that it's NOT la fête du travail today, our Labour Day here in France is in May, so it doesn't really have the same, "end of the summer" feel to it! 

Well, it's really fine by me that I wasn't in the U.S. today, because I didn't work today, anyhow!! Hehe... All of my teacher friends are going back to work tomorrow.. First day of school for students in the U.S. AND France!!!! So, today here in France, without being any holiday at all, WAS INDEED, like the last day of summer!!

Here's a little history of Labor Day (U.S.A.) which I did NOT know about, EVER, until now! Thanks Google!!!

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

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 pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.


debi said...

I had to labor on labor day LOL.
Hope you all had a nice holiday!

Ron said...


What a wonderful post!

Thank you!

Hey, I had no idea you use to live in New York City. Me too!

I lived there for 5 years in the late 70's. OMG...that's when New York still had that awesome trashy-grubby feel to it. I LOVED it!

Of course, I was a starving actor back then and could only afford hots dogs and half-price theater tickets. But it was MAGICAL!

Thank you for also sharing the great information about Labor Day - I had no idea!?!

And here I thought Labor Day was a holiday for women who went into pregnancy LABOR that day!


It must be so cool to KNOW and EXPERIENCE holiday's in both countries!

Thanks again for a special post!

Hope you had a wonderful day, Leesa!

Au Soleil Levant said...

I ate extra bbq for you today! Hope you're well in France.

Leesa said...

Hi Debi,

Oh! Sorry about that! Hope you got double pay!!

Hey Ron!!! Nice to see you on this side of the pond... Well, on my blog comments, at least! I actually was talking about San Diego, Ca! I moved from Hollyweird to San Diego in 83 for University and stayed... So, the places I was describing in the post are in S.D. But, I LOVEEEEEEE NY!! Thanks for stopping over to leave your words.. I hope you had a good Labour Day! Take good care, Leesa

Au Sol.. Hola chica!!
Thanks.. hope you had a great bbq and thanks for thinkin' of me!! Have a fun time and see ya soon... Bizzz, Leese

debi_in_Hawaii said...

Whaaaat??!! Double pay you say??!! :O
Ahahaaaaaaa. Too funny.

Leesa said...

Hey Deb,

Well, I guess no double pay for you, sadly, then!! Are you Barbara's sister, by the way? I looked at your profile and saw you have no blog.. Just wonderin'!
Take care, Leesa : )