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Celebrate Labor Day 2017 with the West Chester Concert Series sponsored by Energy Alliances and Constellation • Date:09/04/2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Location: Keehner Park 7411 Barret Road  West Chester Ohio 45069

Learn about Labor Day! 

Labor Day is celebrated all around the country with celebrations, fireworks, parades, end of the summer cookouts, big sales in large department stores. Labor Day is a bit more than end of the season celebrations.

Here is a little condensed history lesson. In 1894, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday after a failed attempt to break up the railroad strike. History shows us that during the Industrial Revolution how the working conditions were bad. On September 5, 1882 10,000 workers took an unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Time Square in New York City. This was the first Labor Day Parade. During the late 1800’s unions become prominent and were vocal on these conditions. The poor working condition, low wages this gave the newly formed unions issues to work towards fixing and making better.

There were two significant riots that shaped Labor Day. They were the Haymarket riot in 1886 and the Pullman Palace Car Company riot. The Haymarket riot several police officers and workers lost their lives. The Pullman railway strike led to a violent riot and Congress sent troops in to get it under control. After, things were calming down Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in hope to repair ties with the American people. Now you know.