Most of the time, Americans do things a little differently than people in other countries. We use different units of measurement (imperial vs. metric)
and write the date in a different way (month-day-year vs. day-month-year). We also put a lot of ice in our cups (a less cost-effective but undeniably more enjoyable way to consume beverages).
Most of the rest of the world celebrates workers and the labour movement on May Day, but we celebrate them on Labor Day. That's very strange,
especially since both days began here in the United States. So how did one become popular in other places while the other became a national holiday here?
The answer is politics. Labor Day came first, but there is disagreement about where it came from, according to a paper by Theodore Watts from 1982 that is often cited.
Some people say that Peter McGuire, a well-known union leader, came up with the idea at a meeting of the New York Central Labor Union in 1882.
Some people give credit to Mathew Maguire, who was also a well-known union leader and a member of the New York Central Labor Union, but he
was known for being a radical. Watts and others think that after Labor Day became a big deal, union leaders changed the origin story to give credit
to McGuire instead of Maguire to hide any signs of radicalism. Violence and political calculations led to the first Columbus Day. In any case, someone at a meeting in New York in 1882 suggested
a parade and picnic to honour workers and unions. Men in the union had to pay 25 cents for a ticket to march, but women and children were able to march for free.
Even though most of the planning was done by immigrants from Ireland, the ads were translated into German. Alcohol was banned.