For Costa Mesa neighbors who are curious about how Labor Day got started, most of the readily available references seem to be confused just a little. They have introductory lines like “There’s disagreement how the holiday began” (nationaltoday.com), or “More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt…”(U.S. Department of Labor).
Both the followers of Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters Union leader, and the advocates of Matthew Maguire, a machinist and union heavyweight make a claim. “One or the other first proposed the idea” is the way The Farmers Almanac answers the question. The Labor Dept. is equally unsure and it's official history is titled, “Who Actually Invented Labor Day?”
What isn’t in doubt is the underlying meaning of Labor Day across the nation—Costa Mesa’s Labor Day included. Small children may still find the idea perplexing (as in, “How come nobody in Costa Mesa works on Labor Day?”); yet the root idea is to honor everyone who works for a living.
It was made a national holiday in 1894, probably because workers’ movements were gaining popular support and Congress wanted to join the parade. Regardless of whether it was Maguire’s or McGuire’s doing, it was a stroke of genius to place it at a point in the year midway between July 4 and Thanksgiving—just when people would be pining for an extra day off.
Today’s Costa Mesa Labor Day observances may put less emphasis on workers’ movement history and more on end-of-summer family celebrations, but as we bid farewell to 2019’s summertime and say hello to back-to-school, football, and the like, it doesn’t hurt to pause a moment to consider all the hard work that goes into the workings that keep our community humming. Certainly Costa Mesa real estate depends on it.
Happy Labor Day, Costa Mesa—and don’t forget to give us a call whenever our professional elbow grease is called for in your real estate dealings!
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