It’s more than a Monday PTO from work that makes for a nice long weekend at the end of summer. While Labor Day, the first Monday of September, is commonly celebrated with picnics, water sports, good times at the lake cottage, and family reunions, the official holiday is designated to commemorate the American worker and his/her achievements.
In September 1882, the unions of New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions, and to show support for all unions. At least 20,000 people attended the parade although workers had to give up a day’s pay to attend.
The idea caught on, and other regions began having parades. By 1887, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Colorado declared Labor Day a state holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day, an annual legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories, officially commemorating the prominent role of the labor movement in American society.
Of course, what better way to celebrate the American workforce than to enjoy those picnics, water sports, and good times. And if you’re one of those families who will fire up the grill this Labor Day weekend, give this tasty recipe adapted from the Allrecipes.com entrée a try.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 3 T. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 T. minced fresh rosemary (approx. 3 fresh sprigs) OR 1 t. dried rosemary
- 2 salt
- 1 lemon juice
- 1 white vinegar
- 1/4 t. ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 T. white sugar, or to taste (optional)
- 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1-inch cubes
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes.
- Combine olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add chicken and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. If you tend to prefer a stronger marinade flavor, reserve several tablespoons of marinade for use while grilling.
- Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade.
- Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear. Drizzle with reserved marinade while grilling, if desired.
- Loehr Staffing wishes the entire American labor force and their families a relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend.