The personal finance website WalletHub recently put out a list of Labor Day fun facts you can impress your guests with while grilling up burgers and brats in your backyard this holiday weekend. Many of them I had never heard before.

  • 1882 was the first year Labor Day was celebrated with a parade in New York City.
  • 1894 was when Congress officially declared the first Monday in September a federal holiday.
  • Labor Day is ranked as the third favorite holiday among Americans, with Christmas being first and Memorial Day second.
  • 25% of Americans will leave town over the Labor Day weekend - 86% will travel by car, 7% by plane.
  • The most popular Labor Day destinations are New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Chicago.
  • The price of regular gas is up 21.86% from last year at this time.
  • There will be an estimated 47,000 car crashes over the long holiday weekend, 420 of which will result in a fatality.
  • 89 running races will be held across the country Labor Day weekend.
  • 40.6% of Americans plan to stay home and barbecue over the long weekend.
  • From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 818 hot dogs are eaten every second of every day.

To read more interesting stats regarding this year's Labor Day holiday, go to the WalletHub website.

Source: WalletHub

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