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Labor Day 2012

“While we may think of Labor Day as a very American holiday, but this day that is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, was actually first observed by our friends and neighbors to the north in Canada. According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, Labor Day “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

The first observance of the U.S. Labor Day took place in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, and was marked by a huge parade through its city streets, attended by 10,000 workers who were tired of working 12-hour days.

Before students return to school to begin their “work” year, celebrate Labor Day weekend with a stroll through tranquil Nannen Arboretum, a sweet and cool ice cream treat, family time at the Holiday Valley pools, some fishing at Allegany State Park, Ellicottville shopping, a tasty sidewalk cafe lunch, a mountain bike trail ride or a thrilling afternoon at the Sky High Adventure Park.”

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