Sadly but truly, the lazy days of summer have come to an end, for this year at least. This Monday is Labor Day, founded in the United States over a hundred years ago as a “workingmen’s holiday”. According to History.com, “As the Industrial Revolution took hold of the nation, the average American in the late 1800s worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make a basic living. Children were also working, as they provided cheap labor to employers and laws against child labor were not strongly enforced.
With the long hours and terrible working conditions, American unions became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life. On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants took an unpaid day-off to honor the workers of America, as well as vocalize issues they had with employers.”
Although Labor Day was originally meant to be a celebration of our country’s labor movement and its achievements, it has come to be celebrated as the last, long summer fling before Autumn starts rolling in. These days, instead of attending parades and political events, most people observe the holiday with beach parties, backyard barbecues and shopping the big sales at the malls.
Whatever your plans are for this Labor Day, here are some great recipe ideas from the SGCC archives to help you celebrate Summer’s last hurrah in style! read more >>