Celebrate Labor Day the American Way By Bev Filer

Labor day joy

Everyone at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is happy to honor the achievements of the American worker this Labor Day and every day! Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is an annual celebration of workers and is a tribute to the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country! United we stand!

labor day in uniform

We can thank those in the labor movement for:

·        An 8 hour work day

·        Safe working conditions

·        Child labor laws to protect children

Labor day boy & Dog

This “Workingmen’s Holiday” was created by the labor movement in the 19th century at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Two men are credited separately to have proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of carpenters and joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” I think it is fitting that he represented carpenters!  We all know the most famous carpenter who gave it all for everyone!

Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, founded the Labor Day holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as the Secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.  It is clear that the Central labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal.


I am sure that both men were important in establishing Labor Day as a national holiday to honor workers everywhere! We celebrate this day in a variety of ways. There are parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and other public gatherings! Labor day also signifies the end of summer and back to school. It is also standard now to have Labor Day…Back to School Sales! Everyone loves a bargain! So, Labor Day is a day for fun, enjoying friends and family, and a little shopping, too!


Here are some Labor Day Trivia Questions for your Labor Day party!

1.     When was the first Labor Day holiday observed?

2.     How was the first Labor Day observed?

3.     In what year did Congress pass a bill making Labor Day a legal holiday?

4.     Which president signed the bill into law, making Labor Day a holiday?

5.     The eight hour work day was established in what year?

6.     What year did the Supreme Court ruling favor the eight hour work day?

Trivia Answers:

1.     September 5, 1882

2.     A parade in New York City

3.     1894

4.     President Grover Cleveland

5.     1916

6.     1917

 Trivia questions compliments of: http://voices.yahoo.com/trivia-questions-labor-day-weekend-party-3

 Local Labor Day ways to celebrate:

Fireworks Displays:

Fireworks a Barfoot

Barefoot Landing in N. Myrtle…Fireworks over the Lake@ 10:15pm…Sat., August 31

Broadway at the Beach @ Celebrity Circle…10pm Sat., Aug. 31

Labor day Fireworks Show… Myrtle Beach…  Head down to the 2nd Ave. Pier or sit on the beach and watch the end of summer display overhead! Sat. Aug. 31@ 10pm

Barefoot Princess

Barefoot Princess Riverboat

Saturday, August 31 More @ http://www.mbriverboat.com Or 843-272-2140

·        Dinner Cruise 4:30 pm

·        Sunset Cruise 8pm


Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival

Grand Park, Market Common, Myrtle Beach SC … Friday 8/30, Saturday 8/31, & Sunday 9/1 More @ http://www.myrtlebeach.com

 Motto for Southern BBQ…Low & Slow!

FREE Festival:

·        Arts & Crafts

·        Kids Play Zone

·        Music

·        BBQ

Fat Harold's

 Fat Harold’s Labor Day SPA Shag Contest

August 30 & 31, 2013

Harold’s Beach Club @ 202 Main St., N. Myrtle Beach

More @ http://www.fatharold’s.com Or 843-249-5779


Enjoy your Labor Day weekend how ever you choose to celebrate! Folks at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort joins you in honoring the American worker! Please let us know how you spent this special American holiday!  


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