Labor day weekend has always been a cause for celebration in the United States with most people seeing it as a celebration of the end of summer. Between traveling, parties, barbecues, and sporting events, there are not many weekends more exciting than the one leading up to labor day. With most celebrations revolving around food and drinks, what are the most common ways to commemorate this historical day?
The History Of Labor Day
Before going into the celebration trends, it is important to know what exactly the cause of celebration is for this day. Labor day was officially declared a national holiday in 1894 with the intention of acknowledging the achievements of American workers following the labor movement.
Prior to the labor movement, poor working conditions were commonplace. It was not uncommon for a worker to have a 60 hour work week that resulted in wages 40% lower than what was required to live a mediocre life. Injuries and death were common for laborers in this time period.
Through numerous years of striking and negotiating, workers were able to eventually overturn the legality of these cruel work environments. Manufacturers began to accept the idea that appreciating their workers was the key to success and Labor Day became an easy way to accomplish this.
From Celebrating Laborers To Marking Summer End
Although labor day was initially a day dedicated to celebrating work accomplishments, it has since grown into the holiday that marks the end of summer. Because of this, most celebratory trends are activities that are commonly done throughout summer, with most of them including food.
The Most Popular Food Trends
According to a survey conducted by Budweiser, 71 percent of Americans were prepared to fire up their grill in 2016 and 67 percent of those surveyed wanted to do so with family and friends, but what did those participants plan to grill?
The most common answer was hamburgers. An estimated 150 million, or 70 percent of those over the age of 21, consumed grilled hamburgers as their meal on Labor Day. The majority of Americans opted to cover their hamburger with toppings, the most common of which was cheese, with 79 percent of those surveyed opting to turn their hamburgers into cheeseburgers. Other popular toppings were:
- Lettuce – 79 percent
- Ketchup – 66 percent
- Tomatoes – 66 percent
- Onions – 58 percent
- Pickles – 54 percent
Although hamburgers were the most highly consumed food, they weren’t the only thing that was being grilled. 51% chose hot dogs as their meal of choice, while BBQ chicken, steak, and ribs rounded out the top five.
The Most Popular Drink Trends
Because of the study being limited to participants over the age of 21, the drinks consumed are a little distorted than what would be expected from a typical family gathering. With that said, the most popular drink of choice was domestic beer, which was chosen by 50 percent of males and 41 percent of females. Other popular beverages consisted of:
- Imported Beer – 22 percent of men, 11 percent of women
- Wine – 7 percent of men, 18 percent of women
- Champagne – 3 percent of men, 13 percent of women
- Margarita – 9 percent of men, 8 percent of women
- Cosmopolitan – 7 percent of men, 7 percent of women
- Gin & Tonic – 4 percent of men, 4 percent of women
Enjoy The Fruits Of Your Labor
Whether you are opting for the more popular combination of domestic beer and a burger or choosing to consume something that isn’t listed, enjoy the food and drink variety the weekend has to offer. Although the holiday was designed to remember the work accomplishments of the past, that should still not be forgotten as most people spend a lot of time at their jobs and need a moment to relax and spend time with their family and friends. Have fun and stay safe this labor day weekend.