This year, the United States observes its 132nd Labor Day since the federal holiday’s inception in 1882. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th in response to the Central Labor Union’s request to create a day off for the “working man”. On this day, 10,000 workers took an unpaid day off to march in a parade from City Hall to Wendel’s Elm Park for a day of music, speeches and picnics.Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to Americans’ social and economic achievements, as well as their contributions to strength, prosperity and the well being of this country. You can find more information about Labor Day’s history here.
We know many of our fellow Americans will be celebrating Labor Day by flying an American Flag on Monday. If you’re one of them, here are a few points on flag etiquette:
- The U.S. flag should be flown higher than other flags and in the most prominent position.
- Only fly the flag during daylight hours, unless you can illuminate it at night.
- If you’re displaying a flag on a wall, the union (the stars) should be in the top left corner relative to the observer.
- If you’re displaying the flag from a staff projecting from a structure, the union should be at the tip of the staff.
- If the flag is to be flown over a street, hang it vertically with the union facing north or east. If it is hanging over a sidewalk, the union should be on the far side from the building.
- When you lower your flag, do not let it touch the ground.