Happy Labor Day from Dallas Videographers

Dallas Videographers Wish You a Very Happy Labor Day Celebration

What do you have planned for today?  Picnic? Parade?  Cleaning out the garage? Well, LeniCam Video Productions, Dallas Videographers will be out at the lake.  We’re taking a well-deserved break to enjoy some good times together.

How Labor Day Began

The United States Department of Labor says, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

A Tale of Two McGuires

In true American fashion, there’s a debate over who actually invented Labor Day.  Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor.  He said the day should be set aside for those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

Others say it was Matthew McGuire, a carpenter who served as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.  That theory is gaining ground, because his union was actually the first to hold a Labor Day event.  You can actually go here to find out more about the two McGuires and vote on who you believe started this tradition.

A Festival of Recreation and Amusement

The first proposal of the holiday, by Matthew McGuire’s Central Labor Union included plans for a street parade, followed by a festival of recreation and amusement.  That first festival was Tuesday, September 5, 1882 and was quickly adopted by other labor organizations.  The State of Oregon was the first government entity to make it a legal holiday on February 21, 1887.  Other states were quick to adopt this popular legal holiday, so the US Congress made it an official holiday on June 28, 1894.

This festival of recreation and amusement has become the official end of summer for most of us and we don’t think about the holiday’s roots.  School is starting, the weather is changing and Halloween costumes are on sale.  We turn our attention away from summer fun and plan for the coming months.

If the future months hold a special occasion or event for you and you want to capture with professional videography, we hope you’ll give us an opportunity to be your Dallas Videographers.


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