The first Labor Day celebration was held on September 5, 1882, in New York City. The next day 10,000 citizens marched down the streets of Manhattan in the name of workers’ rights. Back then, working men, women and children as young as five toiled on average 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, in often crowded places where working conditions were unsafe and unsanitary. Labor Day didn’t become a federal holiday until Grover Cleveland signed it into law on June 28, 1894, when the first Monday of September was declared forever a workers’ holiday. The 8-hour workday was established 22 years later with the passage of the Adamson Act.
We’ve come a long way since those hard-won days, perhaps forgetting about the strides and strifes of those who rallied for our rights as we cram a host of outdoor idylls into our one last day of summer. Of course, summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st, but our warm weather vacation season, and the kids’ two-month school breaks do. We equate our three-day Labor Day weekend as a last hurrah for many of our favorite summertime activities, such as:
Wearing white after Labor Day. This old tradition goes back to the late Victorian era, where it was a fashion faux pas to wear any white clothing after the summer officially ended on Labor Day. Among the reasons for this societal rule, wearing white indicated you were still in vacation mode or you didn’t know any better because you were not part of the elite who packed away their leisure attire and closed their summer mansions in anticipation of re-entry into a new season – and a new wardrobe.
Eating hot dogs. Seriously, Labor Day is the official end of hot dog season as declared by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.
Saying goodbye to summer fun. September has some of the best weather of the year, with uncrowded beaches, autumn harvests and adding cooler, comfortable nights in the mix. Don’t put away those SPF-products either because the sun still shines long after Labor Day!
Labor Day is also the perfect time to support products made in the USA, especially ones that protect our workers and their families as they head back indoors like our TRU47 products do. They include:
• Silver Spritzes, scientifically proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses on surfaces and fabrics of all kinds even skin
• Immune Boost inhalers, all made using organic, pure essential oils carefully formulated and crafted to support well-being
• Our collection of custom formulated Mask Mists created to help freshen and sanitize your mask and can also refresh your home or work space with every mist
• Our exclusive line of Sanitized Masks and Face Coverings, made of the highest quality 99.99% pure ionically plated silver, copper and jersey modal woven with pure silver thread – and scientifically proven to be a powerful antimicrobial, providing extra protection and filtration in highly populated and polluted environments.
• And many other silver-formulated antimicrobial products, from toners to wraps, gloves and scarves, each inspired with your health and safety in mind.
So, this Labor Day, instead of saying goodbye to activities that need not end just yet, say goodbye to germs with TRU47!