Labor Day was setup as a day to honor working men and women. It has been a national holiday in the U.S. and Canada since 1894, but labor celebrations happened before then. The first Labor Day parade happened on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It was hosted by labor unions, who chose the first weekend in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Enrollment in labor unions was at an all-time high (around 40%) in the U.S. in the 1950s. Today, numbers are much lower, less than 15%, and as such Labor Day has become less of a focus for those in labor unions but is widely celebrated as an end to summer. Many people choose to celebrate labor day with one last trip to the beach or an backyard cookout.

While the city of Winter Haven doesn’t have a Labor Day parade planned this year, in nearby Orlando you can enjoy Labor day festivities near Lake Eola Park from 10:00am-2:00pm. There will be free food, music, and entertainment for all working families. Children are encouraged to come!

If you choose to stay closer to home for the holiday, enjoying time in your backyard with friends and family is a great way to pass the day. Time in the pool or at the BBQ will make everyone feel at home. Looking to spruce up your fence for the event? Here are some tips for keeping your fence maintained and looking its best.

Happy Labor Day from all of us here at Fence Central!