Here at PURE, we’re looking forward to the long weekend and to spending quality time with our friends and loved ones. It’s the unofficial end of summer and for many of us it’s one of our last opportunities to light up the grill and enjoy what’s left of the warm weather while we can.
We’re also reflecting on the meaning and history of Labor Day: it’s not Easter, the most important date in the Christian calendar; nor is it Christmas, arguably the biggest holiday event of the year. It does not involve the signing of our most cherished declaration or giving thanks for a good harvest. According to most sources, Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, workers who – through hard effort – have contributed to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.
In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday, and it became a recognized holiday across the U.S. only seven years later. This was at odds with the “labour day” celebrated then and now in other countries. May 1 or May Day was perceived to be a day of action, when blue-collar workers might demonstrate in support of shorter work days or for the redistribution of wealth from capitalists to workers. Here in the U.S. however, many people petitioned for a day off, a family day, when people could relax and enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Efforts that have succeeded in building the largest and most successful economy in the world.
This spirit of achievement, of putting in the effort to build successful businesses, is exemplified every day by our PURE Independent Business Owners. They work hard and smart, and recognize that success is earned.
So this weekend, get out the grill, go to the park, go visit with family or hang out with friends. And celebrate the American work ethic and the fruits of our labor.
Happy Labor Day from all of us at PURE.