Labor Day, recognition of those who labor


More commonly known now as the end of the summer hurrah. Locally in the Valley it is the spotlight for the Fort Bridger Rendezvous, which has drawn people from around the nation and has also been filmed by the BBC of England and firms in Germany. Probably, even more, of which I am not aware. Sometimes the helicopters of the television news stations in Salt Lake City have been spotted flying about the fort grounds and then the footage is shown later on their news programs.

Also for the western crowd and those who ‘Cowboy Up,’ it serves as the backdrop of Evanston Rodeo Days, which is billed as the ‘Biggest Little Rodeo in the West.’ The rodeos are PRCA rodeos and the event will also feature skydivers, parade, dance, junior roughstock and bull riding and more.

Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. The move was on by 1884, the union had selected the first Monday in September as the official holiday and were urging unions in other cities to celebrate a “workingmen's holiday” on that date.

Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September. It was instituted as a federal holiday under President Grover Cleveland after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike. It came about directly after Cleveland rallied 14,000 US Marshals to bust the Pullman Strike, one of the biggest of the era, left dozens of workers dead, and was desperate for a pro-labor diversion.

Labor Day was born on the backs of these conditions, and America was better for the changes.

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