Labor Day History How The Holiday Began


 Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the official closing of the summer season.  While you are enjoying the long weekend, pause to ponder the original significance of Labor Day and how it has changed through the decades. 

In the late 19th century terrible working conditions were the norm in America’s industrial cities. The average factory worker put in twelve hour days, seven days a week just to meet basic family expenses. And young children were not exempt from the grueling routine. Labor groups, craft guilds, and trade groups were formed for the goal of improving conditions, raising wages, and protecting children. In that time Labor Day was a time of fiery rhetoric and parades. 

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Veterans Day Honors Those Who Serve

vets_salute.jpgVeterans Day Holiday History


Formerly Armistice Day, Veterans day is a holiday observed annually in the United States in honor of all those, living and dead, who served with the U.S. armed forces in wartime.

Some states observe the holiday on November 11 and other on the fourth Monday in October. Armistice Day, the forerunner of Veterans Day, was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the termination (at 11 am on November 11, 1918) of World War I. On the first anniversary of the truce, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation eulogizing fallen Allied soldiers and referring to November 11 as Armistice Day. It became a holiday in the U.S., France, Great Britain and Canada.

The holiday acquired its present name and broadened significance in the U.S. in 1954. In Canada it is known as Remembrance Day, and in Great Britain, as Remembrance Sunday.


Veterans Day Festivities And Facts

  1. ►Among the nation's veterans, approximately 6 million served in World War II, 4 million served in the Korean War, 8 million during the Vietnamera and 3 million in Persian Gulf War.
  2. ►There are 26.4 million veterans in the United States; this is a ratio of about 1-in-8 U.S. civilians 18 and over, or 13 percent.
  3. ►Thirty-seven percent of civilian veterans are over the age of 65.
  4. ►Seventeen percent of Alaskan civilians 18 and over are veterans, the highest rate in the country. Other states where 15 percent or more of the adult, civilian population are veterans includ Arizona, Florida, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

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Father’s Day Gifts Activities For Kids and Family

Great gifts recipes and grilling tips for dad for fathers day parenting humor activities

Father's Day 2013 is Sunday, June 16th. Making a gift for dad, can be fun and is guaranteed to be be highly valued. Here's how you can make a car tag for special Dads and Granddads.

Gift To Make: Father’s Day Car Tag


 Father's Day Car Tag Gift, Materials :

Labor Day Family Fun Safety Tips

Are you and your family off to the beach or pool this Labor Day weekend? Find that great water proof beach bag with lots of pockets or get a new one. You can even make your own as a family craft activity using plastic trash bag, duct tape and cord. Once you have the bag, you will need to research the beach, pool and surrounding areas.


Labor Day Family Beach WeekendOnce safety research is completed, you will need to go over safety tips with your child. The beach and the pool are can be excellent place to build those special moments with your family. It will take some preplanning. Most of all, you will want to make certain that your loved ones are safe.

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Kid Friendly New Year's Activities

World Clock 

Have your children at the stroke of midnight find out what time it is in other cities around the world. Some city suggestions are: Wellington, Sydney, Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, New Delhi, Israel, Moscow, Rio Janeiro, Anchorage, Honolulu, Samoa, Seattle, Dallas, Denver, Mexico City, Nairobi,  Kinshasa, Berlin, Rome, Hong Kong, etc.

2008 Calendar 

Have kids make their own calendar for the new year.

New Year's Poetry 

Have the kids write a New Year’s poem with each line starting off with the letters in New Year’s. For example, the first line would start with a “N”, the second line would start with a “E”, etc.

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