Labor Day and End of Summer Recipes

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer in the United States. It has been celebrated since September 5, 1882 and became a federal holiday in 1894. 


The history of Labor Day can be traced in this account, researched by the U.S. Labor Department- it almost was a disaster! Labor Day is older than the Department itself, which started in 1914.  

The History Channel reports that a deadly railroad worker strike in 1894 is the event that led to Grover Cleveland's decision to create an official recognition of American labor.

 illustration of 1984 Pullman railroad strike

Americans have many food traditions associated with Labor Day. Lots of picnics, parties and cookouts happen that day.

family party in back yard
Here are 40 healthy holiday recipes for your family and friends. 
Check out these 16 cookout dishes to inspire your
holiday gatherings.

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