Labor Day

Labor Day is next Monday in the United States.

Labor Day has been a national holiday since 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed the law that Congress passed designating the first Monday in September a holiday for workers. Labor unions pressed and activists sacrificed to gain recognition of both the contributions and the mistreatment of workers at the time. The origins of the holiday are in parades to celebrate trade and labor unions, whose members strengthened the country with their work.

For a great many Americans, Labor Day has become the last major holiday of the summer, a time to lock up weekend cabins and put a small boat into storage.

Depending on where one lives, it presages autumn chores like raking dead leaves off the lawn or ploughing up the garden.

In northern climes, if one is very cautious, Labor Day may signal an occasion to fire up the snow blower to make certain it’s ready to do its job when the first flakes appear.

In many parts of the country, Labor Day signals a return to public schools and the beginning of the high school and college football seasons.

Needless to say, the literary world, both indie and traditional slows way, way down over Labor Day weekend, so PG may not be able to locate quite as many interesting items to post on TPV for the next couple of days.

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