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September 02, 2016

Happy Labor Day Weekend from AskPatty!

Wallethub-2016_labor_day_by_the_numbers-LeadWhat have you got planned for this Labor Day Weekend ?

Perhaps it's one last family road trip before the official end of summer -- after all, 85.8 percent of Americans plan to travel somewhere by car. Maybe you'll be celebrating at home with a barbecue and a dip in the pool. Or, maybe you’ll buy a new car, since Labor Day is typically one of the busiest car-buying times of the year.

Whatever you do, please remember to drive safely over the weekend holiday as the National Safety Council has done some math magic to predict approximately 438 traffic fatalities and another 50,300 will be seriously injured in crashes over the Labor Day Holiday period, which is officially identified between 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 2, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5.

Its place on the calendar is uniquely American: most other countries celebrate their own Labor Day Holidays in May.

Traditionally observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day’s roots can be tracked back to the streets of 1882 New York City, where rival union leaders banded together to protest the unfair labor practices of the time. Other states then gradually picked up the mantle, with Oregon leading 29 more states in officially celebrating Labor Day before it ultimately became a Federal holiday in 1894.

We've got lots more information about the history of the holiday, here at AskPatty!

Wallethub has shared the following infographic filled with fun-filled facts about that will both entertain and educate you. Just in case you find yourself with some downtime. Just saying...


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