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It's Labor Day, and here at B Direct, we're laboring.

We're not complaining. One of our favorite clients asked us to design a tradeshow booth (one of our favorite kind of assignments) for an upcoming event in Korea. The deadline is ... well ... yesterday. Not really, but pretty close. So, we're working away while the rest of the world is making the most of Summer's last long weekend.

Good thing we love what we do.

It did get us thinking about Labor Day and wondering why we celebrate labor by taking a day off from it. Of course, in this day and age, and with all the digital gadgets we have, there's never much of a reason to wonder. Here's what we quickly gleaned from the nice people at Google ...

Labor Day was created by the labor movement (naturally) in the late nineteenth century to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers who had helped America become the most industrialized nation in the world. Today, we celebrate with cookouts, retail sales, and the official unofficial start of football season. But, its origin was more somber and respectful.

In 1882, the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City and attracted 10,000 workers.

In 1887, other cities began having parades and celebrations. And, that same year, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, New York, and New Jersey recognized Labor Day as a state holiday.

By 1894, after a total of 23 states had recognized Labor Day, President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a federal holiday.

Of course, President Cleveland didn't work at B Direct.

But, we do.

Back to our tradeshow booth designs. Happy Labor Day!

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