Happy Labor Day, Everyone!

Labor Day was celebrated for the first time in New York City in 1882. It began as a state holiday, getting voted in by individual states, but gained popularity and was voted a national holiday by Congress in 1894.

Modern day Girl Scout parade float

Modern day Girl Scout parade float

Labor Day celebrates the achievements of the American work force with a national day off on the first Monday in September.

A time for relaxation with family and friends, Labor Day is a popular time for special events and festivals throughout the country such as cooking out, camping, and parades!

Girl Scout float, Randolph County, Ga. parade: 1958

Girl Scout float, Randolph County, Ga. parade: 1958

Labor Day is also a chance to bid farewell to summer with a long weekend, sometimes spent camping or swimming. Pictured below are Girl Scouts all decked out in their 1920s era bathing costumes, a far cry from the bathing suits of today!

Waycross, Ware County, Ga. 1923 at Girl Scout Hut

Waycross, Ware County, Ga. 1923 at Girl Scout Hut

What are your plans this Labor Day weekend? Here in the Greater Atlanta Area there are tons of events and festivals happening all weekend long. Click here to browse some of the activities that are going on, and keep your eye our for Girl Scouts while you’re out and about!

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Posted on September 1, 2014, in Georgia, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. archivesue@aol.com

    Maggie – You did it again. You come up with the best ideas. Thanks for caring and doing us such a great service. I am getting ready to go downstairs and work on the extra books again. Let me know how that is going and when (and if) you want more books. Maybe the Brownie ones would be more appealing. Loyally, Sue Belden P.S. I will probably be going in this Tuesday ( 11-3). I started a project the last time and I need to finish it.

  2. wow, Maggie! Am checking email in CA with a fellow GS I met at History Conference in 94. We were just going thru her collection, another wow! I am going to send her this page, Have a great holiday, hugs Linda

  3. In our country there is a festival and also workshop about labor day, it is make our place crowded but still make us happy because every one enjoyed it a lot.

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