June 09, 2021

American Labor Museum hosts the 2021 Annual Labor Day Parade, honoring NALC Branch 120 and Girl Scouts of America Troop 12026

Haledon, New Jersey - The Annual Labor Day Parade, co-sponsored by the American Labor Museum/Botto Huse National Landmark and the Borough of Haledon, is scheduled for Sunday, September 5th, 2021.  The opening ceremony begins at the Museum at 1PM.  Step-off is at 1:30PM, rain or shine.

This year's parade honors National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 120, Gerald Thompson, President and Girl Scouts of America Troop 12026, Gina Verdibello and Kellie Lewis, Troop Leaders.  The Labor Day Parade salutes the essential work done by the community's letter carriers of Branch 120, Paterson, NJ.  The parade also honors Girl Scouts of America Troop 12026, Jersey City, NJ for refusing to sell Girl Scout Cookies (a "girlcott") as a means of educating the public about the child labor used in the harvesting of the palm oil baked in the cookies.

All community organizations, unions, businesses, cultural groups, and individuals interested in joining this historic march can contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953, by e-mail at labormuseum@gmail.com or visit the Museum's website www.labormuseum.net. A Commemorative Journal will record the names of participants and all those who make donations to defray the cost of the celebration. Celebration sponsors who donate $100 can have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug.  Contributions of $200 will enable a donor to have a listing on the Labor Day Celebration T-shirt.  The deadline for being a sponsor is August 23rd, 2021. 

It was on June 28th, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland (a native of Caldwell, NJ) signed the bill that made Labor Day a legal national holiday. In the same year, on Monday, September 3rd, 1894, the first official holiday was celebrated and every first Monday of September thereafter.

The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Streeet in Haledon, NJ. It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The Museum offfers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Mustuem Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. The Museum’s hour of operation are Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM.  The Museum is open to on-site visitors Wed-Sat 1-4PM and by appointment.  "Virtual" tours, classes and research assistance are available via Zoom and by appointment.