8 Fun Facts About Labor Day 2017
Last year we published a blog post about the history of Labor Day itself, but this year, we wanted to reveal some of the lighter side of history. Here are some little-known facts about Labor Day, as well as September 4. Interestingly, this seems to have been a big day for organization of many types for a long time, from hot dog manufacturers to the NFL to the Catholic Church. Read on to learn some facts to share around the grill today.
- The Commonwealth of Virginia passed the Kings Dominion Law in 1986, which prohibits school systems from resuming classes before Labor Day so that families have more time to visit amusement parks. Talk about controlling the market!
- On September 4, 1972, the United States’ longest-running game show, The Price is Right, debuted on CBS. Since then, Americans of all ages have dreamed of being asked to “come on down” and win amazing prizes.
- From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans eat over 800 hot dogs per second—make sure you get a few more under your belt! Don’t forget some of the great seasonal produce that lets us know fall is coming, too, like apples, corn, and of course, pumpkin.
- The Cleveland Browns were the first team in the National Football League to score a two-point conversion, on September 4, 1994. This year, September 4 is a Monday, so you’ll have to wait until Thursday, September 7 to watch the first game of the NFL season.
- In Europe, May 1 of every year is the equivalent of Labor Day, called May Day, or International Workers Day. Many European nations have established May Day as a public holiday. May Day labor traditions were started in Europe as a reaction to Labor Day being created in the US.
- Google is almost in its twenties—the company was officially incorporated on September 4, 1998.
- We all still love Labor Day, but the labor unions that made it a reality are today far less common than they were even decades ago. In 2016, only 10% of the American workforce were members of a labor union. New York has the most union workers, 23%, while South Carolina has the least with less than 2%.
- Mother Theresa has been recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church for one full year today, following her canonization by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.
What’s your favorite fun fact or memory about Labor Day or September and the start of fall? Let us know in the comments!