Nashville’s Eighth Annual Labor Day Parade & Festival will be held Saturday, September 4th 9am-1pm at Cumberland Park, 592 S 1st St, Nashville, TN 37213. We are celebrating the power of working people in our city, state, and country and their contributions to keeping our economy even in the midst of a global pandemic.
The parade will begin at 9am at 1st and Broadway and circling around the lower Broadway area finishing up at Cumberland Park for a festival of food, games, music, kids activities,ice cream, and many other activities. McDaniel stated “ For many the answer to “what is Labor Day” is a day off from work, and the summer’s last hurrah. It is a time for family and friends to get together on the beach, ball field, or playground. The true meaning of Labor is to celebrate together the social and economic achievements of America’s workers with the community action of coming together with families for traditional picnics, parades, barbecues, cookouts, celebrations and full-out joyful summer fun hosted by Labor and workers of America.”
We invite the community to get involved and participate in celebrating Labor Day 2021 by coming to watch the parade and then sharing a free meal with us. The children will have outdoor fun with a splash pad,ice cream and more. Adults will share solidarity with hard working people, have music and dancing, door prizes, and be able to check out unions with apprenticeships to help the unemployed in our city or give the high school graduate a chance to become familiar with the opportunities in the trades.
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” (www.dol.org). Labor Day originated the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th century and brought a vast array of jobs and commerce to this country.. What it didn’t bring was appropriate pay, safety regulations, or common-sense guidelines for the number of hours people should work each day and week. Unions slowly started to form, to fight for American worker’s rights. During this heady time, the idea for Labor Day was formed to celebrate the achievements.
On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.