Labor Day is celebrated Monday, September 7th, this year. This annual celebration traditionally brings families and friends together to celebrate and pay tribute to hard-working Americans. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer and back to school. Although this Labor Day will be unique, we still know many of us will be firing up our grills and enjoying our backyards.

Labor Day began in the late 1800s due to reforms initiated by the Industrial Revolution's poor working conditions. The labor movement was formed to make changes for workers and create labor laws. According to the History Channel, in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to make a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories, and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts' wages. Workers also had to face extremely unsafe working conditions. Historians also said, "In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified."

Although this Labor Day, we may have to skip the parades, community picnics, large barbecues, firework displays, and other public gatherings. We can adapt by hosting small groups in our backyard or parks while taking all of the precautions needed to keep it safe. Our grills can still waft the delicious aroma of steaks, briquettes, or chicken slowly cooked to perfection. What is your favorite? Choose one of our three famous sauces to take home, or use our catering service and truly have the day off! You can order a full or half slab of baby back pork ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked ham, smoked turkey, or other award-winning meat. Or go big and take care of the whole family with our famous sides! Our Family Pack Special serves 4-6 people and comes with 2 lbs. Meat from "The Pit," Choice of 6 pcs. Cornbread, Texas Toast or Buns, 1 pt. Potato Salad, 1 pt. Ranch Beans, and 1 pt. Cole Slaw!


Posted by Hickory River on Aug 26, 2020