Grand Rapids' celebrates the history of Labor Day

It may just seem like another holiday off of work, but there's an important history behind Labor Day.

GRAND RAPIDS - Labor Day may just seem like another holiday off of work for many, but there's an important history behind the holiday.  That was celebrated Monday at the annual West Michigan Labor Fest in Ah-Nab-Awen park.

People were able to enjoy live music and food, while remembering the contributions that workers have made to our country.  Those who attended the event say it's important to thank unions for making today possible.  Lupe Ramos-Montigny a member of the State Board of Education adds, "Labor day was an initiative that the labor unions wanted because we have to rest, too.  We work, we rest and also we have to remember that because of the unions, we also have the weekends, so this is a very very significant day."

in Muskegon, Labor Day was celebrated with a parade and big picnic.  The parade started at 11:00 a.m. at 4th St. and Western Avenue. Then they held a party at Hackley  Park. There workers were called for an increase in the minimum wage.  They say it should be at least $15 an hour and go up with inflation.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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