The Most Meaningless Holiday In America Is Now Over


Time was when Labor Day actually meant something — a day to celebrate "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor movement" in the United States. It started in the 1880s as a "day off" for the workingman. Congress voted to make it a national holiday in 1894. For most of the next century, it was a time for parades and picnics and even some pompous political speeches, all in honor of America’s workers. But that era has long since passed.

In the years I was growing up, Labor Day meant the traditional end of summer. For us kids, it was the last chance to frolic at the pool, head to the beach, or enjoy an outdoor barbecue before school began. But now, for many, school has been in session for two weeks or more by the time Labor Day rolls around.

Yes, technically, there are still 15 more days before summer is officially over. But for most of us, the reality is summer ends when school begins.

I’ll bet even the working men (and women) in America don’t think of Labor Day as a time when their countrymen honor them. Judging by what does get the most attention, Labor Day now means that the preseason football games are over and the first "real" games will soon be played.

But is that any reason to make it a national holiday?

–Chip Wood

Personal Liberty

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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