Labor Day is always the first Monday in September (this year, it falls on the 6th). The 6th is also Labour Day in Canada.

To honor the achievements of the working class, Labor Day in the U.S. was first celebrated on September 5, 1882, with a parade put on by the Central Labor Union in New York City.

The holiday’s popularity spread, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland made it a federal holiday, to be observed on the first Monday in September.

It’s thought that the U.S. holiday was inspired by Canada’s labor movement, which was started by Canadian trade unionists in 1872.

Don’t forget to fly the flag!

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Townline BBQ Sauce
 NOTE: The person that emailed this to me wrote the following: This is by far the best BBQ sauce I have ever had. It's really easy to make because there isn't a lot of chopping to do. It doesn't have to simmer away all day either, and it lasts for a long time in the refrigerator. It's great on steak, chicken, pork, and even veggies. I love it on grilled corn. This is worth making, way better than store bought BBQ sauce.

1/4 pound butter
3/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced garlic
2 lemons, zested
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 1/4 cups ketchup
1 cup tomato juice
3/4 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons molasses
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chili powder
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle puree
Pinch kosher salt
Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, ketchup, tomato juice, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, vinegar, chipotle puree, salt and 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

I wish you all a very happy Labor Day. Join me again Tuesday. Be safe and always aware of everything and everyone around you.

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