The History of Labor Day

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In North America and Canada, the first Monday in September is Labor Day. The holiday serves as a celebration of workers and commemorates their respective economic and social achievements.

Labor (Labour) Day in Canada has its origins in an 1872 demonstration held by the Toronto Trades Assembly (TTA).  Serving as Canada’s first significant campaign for worker’s rights, the demonstration was created to garner the release of 24 leaders of the Toronto Typographical Union (TTU). During this time, trade unions were illegal and the TTU leaders were imprisoned for striking to campaign for a nine-hour working day.

The TTA held large parades and picnics and received a large public following.  The parades became so empowering that Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald repealed “anti-union” laws and in June of 1874 parliament passed the Trade Unions Act. Contemporary Canadian celebrations of Labor Day consist of picnics, fireworks, trips, and parades.

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July Independence is Relevant for Many Countries

In July the following countries independence or what they the deem as their country’s birthday.

Learn the history of the following

Canada

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada), formerly Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), is Canada’s national day, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united two British colonies and a province of the British Empire into a single country called Canada. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as internationally.  READ MORE

USA

The Independence Day holiday commemorates the July 4th, 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress, led by Thomas Jefferson, had agreed to separate from British rule on July 2, but it took two days to complete revisions to the political document.  READ MORE

Bahamas

The thousands of islands that form the Bahamas celebrate their Independence Day on July 10. A truly diverse culture, the Bahamas is home to people of native Caribbean, European and African heritage.  READ MORE

Argentina

Argentina’s Independence Day is celebrated on the 9th of July of every year. Before Europeans occupied Argentina, the land was heavily populated by Native American tribes and bordered the rich Inca Empire. In 1502 Amerigo Vespucci arrived in the country and by 1580 Buenos Aires had become a Spanish Colony. READ MORE