This next Monday, September 5th is Labor Day. Many may see Labor Day as a good excuse to have a three-day weekend, but if you dig a little deeper, this holiday is very rich in history. Read more to learn about the origins of Labor Day and how it became an observed holiday. You’ll see what Zoo World has in store to help celebrate amazing workers all over!
Traditionally, Labor Day pays tribute to the hard work and achievements of American workers. Its origins date back to the labor movement in the late 19th century. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the average American worked 12-hour days for 7 days a week in order to get by.
During this time, labor unions were getting more vocal and powerful. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest the long working hours as well as the poor and dangerous working conditions many had to suffer through. Unfortunately, many of these demonstrations and events would turn violent during this period.
On September 5th, 1882, ten thousand workers took unpaid time off work to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. This peaceful march marked the very first Labor Day parade in U.S. History. From then on, the idea of celebrating a “workingmen’s holiday” on the first Monday in September spread across the U.S. and many states started recognizing the holiday.
Finally, in 1894, 12 years after that initial parade, Congress legalized the holiday. Fast forward over 100 years and now Labor day often marks the end of Summer and the beginning of the back-to-school season. It is often celebrated with barbecues, picnics, parades, trips to the beach, and fireworks.
Here in Zoo World, we wanted to celebrate in our own way and pay a special tribute to all our hard working individuals out there! Starting this Friday, September 2nd, you’ll see a new Gifting Tree appear near your Dock. Click on the Tree and you’ll be able to see these new workers available to gift to all your hard working friends. What an excellent way to say thank you and show your appreciation to all your dedicated Zookeepers.
Animal names: (from left to right) Worker Ant, Typing Monkey, Farmer Goat, Handy Salamander, Business Bull, Office Cacomistle, Miner Mole,Elephant Boss, Industrious Dwarf Hamster, and the Construction Beaver.
These ambitious and diligent animals will be an wonderful addition to your Zoo to make sure everything continues running smoothly and safely. Give and receive gifts to your hearts content this season and Happy Labor Day!