True to its name, Labor Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States aimed to honor its workers and their relentless contribution the country’s economy. Across the nation, Americans rejoice whenever this annual holiday comes as it is often used to celebrate the end of summer with a long weekend.
Brief history of Labor Day
A fact not known to many, Labor Day first originated in the late 19th century, when the Industry Revolution was peaking, and American workers were working past their exhaustion point. During those times, working conditions were extremely hash and long hours are regular – even child workers are considered normal.
Employee benefits were not provided, and no employers graciously give their workers sick days, or paid vacation days. However, these poor conditions soon took a turn as workers organized themselves into labor unions and began voicing out their discomfort.
As they began protesting, it became clear that the unsafe working conditions, combined with the long hours, can no longer be ignored as it benefits the employers more than it does to the workers. The state governments then began to recognize the common workers’ efforts by passing the legislation for the holiday meant to celebrate them. The federal holiday is then officiated by the U.S. Congress on June 28th, 1894; announcing that that Labor Day falls on the first Monday in every September.
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The significance of Labor Day
Labor Day is particularly significant as it originated from the workers’ perseverance as they took to the streets in Chicago to demand an eight-hour workday. It is deeply-rooted in the appreciation of past and future workers of America and how their rights should never be stripped away.
Similar to many other national holidays in the U.S., Labor Day typically entails marches, outdoor cookouts, and familiar gatherings. Due to the pandemic, the holiday’s parades have been largely cancelled for the last two years. Fortunately many are starting to resume this year.
Labor Day vs May Day
Both Labor Day and May Day serve the same purpose; which is to honor the common workers. However. one differentiating fact is that May Day is only celebrated in most industrialized countries across the globe, and only started due to the events leading up to the Labor Day creation in the United States.
One notable event that set off the global headlines and kickstart protests from workers all around the world is the bomb going off in a worker demonstration held in May 1886, killing seven police officers and four civilians. This enraged the common workers everywhere as they too began protesting for their rights.
Why don’t Americans celebrate May Day?
Following the bombing incident, May Day become more and more associated with political far left, whereas Labor Day is recognized by an increasing number of municipalities and states. Due to its strong association with bombing, former U.S. President Grover Cleveland then pick the alternative day of Labor Day being celebrated in September.
How Americans celebrate Labor Day
As the holiday entails a long weekend, workers have found varied, creative ways in which they want to spend it. However, it is often celebrated with family and loved ones in outdoor activities such as grilling, sunbathing by the beach, swimming, and setting off fireworks. Different households comes with different traditions, as some would like to just stay in, while others opt for going for a short trip away.
Leveraging on Labor Day to gain wider reach on social media
What most business owners and social media managers have yet to realize, is that Labor Day is a good opportunity for creating content that resonates with their audience. Posting the right content in celebrating Labor Day can lead to higher views, wider reach and increased engagement rate.
For instance, use this opportunity to highlight important issue or trends going on in the workplace (such as the recent ‘quiet quitting’) and how it can help humanize the common workers more and help employers realize certain aspects that they could provide in return for the workers’ hard work.
Another excellent marketing strategy is to relate with the activities that the workers may engage with during the holidays, such as BBQ grilling or hitting up the beach for the last time before school starts. In understanding your consumers’ behavior, you can then pitch interesting sales or end-of-season promotions that would capture their attention.
Get inspired with Pixlr to design your own Labor Day greetings!
Labor Day is a national celebration not to be missed. If utilized correctly, posting on Labor Day would gain your brand a stronger brand presence on social media. As the national holiday is just around the corner, why not unleash your own creativity by using Pixlr’s elements to create your own greeting and get into the Labor Day spirit?
How to easily create your Labor Day greeting post with Pixlr
#Step 1: Open up Pixlr
To create the perfect Labor Day content, you can follow this simple guide. All you need to do is to visit Pixlr X and sign up if you have yet to register. Once you are signed in, you can either choose from the quality templates we offer, or start from scratch.
Be sure to choose the right size of your design, as different social media platforms require different dimensions. Once you have selected the desired ratio, choose your background – it can be a solid color, gradient, illustrations, or even images. The next step is to add design elements such shapes and texts.
#Step 2: Beautifying your design with Pixlr’s elements
When it comes to enhancing your Labor Day content, it is important to choose the right elements. Fortunately with Pixlr‘s growing collections of design elements, you can never run out of options. The AI-drive platform is equipped with elements fit for any occasions – from festive illustrations, merry stickers, graphics and frames – Pixlr truly has it all.
#Step 3: Final touch ups
Now you that your product is almost complete, it’s time to do some minor touch ups. Think about what the design is missing, be it filters, contrast adjustment, or even layers arrangement. Such small editing decisions may seem simple, but they can make all the difference.
Clearly, there’s no platform better than Pixlr when it comes to easing your creative processes, turning your Labor Day visions to a reality. Try out Pixlr today and get 40% off of all subscription plans offered.