A Relaxing Celebration

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events around the country.

A Holiday for Workers

A New York City carpenter named Peter McGuire is credited for coming up the idea for Labor Day. In 1872, after working many long hours under poor conditions, McGuire rallied 100,000 workers to go on strike. The workers marched through the streets of New York City, demanding a better work environment.

McGuire spent a decade fighting for worker's rights. In 1882, he proposed the idea to create a special holiday for workers. On Tuesday, September 5, 1882, more than 10,000 workers hit the streets of New York City for the first ever Labor Day parade. Two years later the celebration was moved to the first Monday in September. And in 1894, the United States Congress passed a law making Labor Day a national holiday.

Free Fun

If you’re looking for a place to take a pocket-wise vacation, consider Miami Florida, the glitzy-glam capital of sparkle and sun, but you’d be surprised to find that this city is an ideal travel destination full of places, things and events to enjoy for free or almost nearly free. From the beaches to outdoor yoga in the parks to an abundance amount of art and cultural events.

The main attraction in Miami is the always free and readily available picturesque weather. A typical winter Miami day is a comfortable high 70s. You can always count on year-round sunshine; Florida is, after all, known as the Sunshine State. Miami’s free beaches are aplenty and no matter where you stay, you’re sure to have one close enough to spend your days sunning by the water’s edge.