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Happy Labor Day

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Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”. According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays

 

 

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The 2022 Columbia County Fair Starts This Week! Aug 31 – Sep 5

The Columbia County Fair starts Wednesday, August 31st and runs through Monday, September 5, 2022. The six-day Columbia County Fair offers variety, excitement and family fun in a charming setting, at a comfortable pace. Featuring nightly grandstand entertainment including demolition derby, monster tractors, rodeo, live music, volunteer firefighting parade, daily animal shows and much more!

DATESTIMES: Wednesday, August 31 – Monday, September 5, 2022
Wednesday: NOON to 11pm
Thursday-Monday: 10am-11pm

ADMISSION:

LOCATIONColumbia County Fair Grounds
182 Hudson Avenue
Chatham, NY 12037

MORE:
www.columbiafair.com
facebook.com/Columbia-County-Fair

 

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The Ghent Band Live in Concert, Aug 17

Come out and enjoy a great local band! Since 1899, The Ghent Band has performed a classic town band repertoire of marches, overtures, show tunes and more. The band’s next live performance is Wednesday, August 17th in Kinderhook.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 / 7pm

LOCATION: Kinderhook Village Square 
Intersection of Route 9 & Hudson Street 
Kinderhook, NY 12106

COST: Free

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The Ghent Band Live in Concert, Jul 20

Come out and enjoy a great local band! Since 1899, The Ghent Band has performed a classic town band repertoire of marches, overtures, show tunes and more. The band’s next live performance is tonight, Wednesday, July 20th.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 / 7:30pm

LOCATION: Ghent VFW Gazebo 
2237 NY-66 
Ghent, NY 12075

COST: Free

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Columbia County Climate Carnival, Jul 16

The first ever Columbia County Climate Carnival is on July 16 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Chatham Fairgrounds. We’re fighting climate change with family-friendly FUN, including:

A Repair Café
A FREE Store
Bike Recycling—free bikes and bike repairs
Live birds of prey and beekeeping exhibitions
Demonstrations + info about tons of eco topics
Kids activities
Music, food trucks, and entertainment

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 16, 2022 / 10am – 4pm

LOCATION: Columbia County Fairgrounds
182 Hudson Avenue,
Chatham, NY

ADMISSION: Free

MORE:
sites.google.com/columbiacountyny.com/emc/climate-carnival
facebook.com/ClimateCarnival

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