Chester Tippers, left, stops during the 1975 Labor Day parade to chat with Joshua Hershberg, 2. The parade was held despite the rain, which limited viewers. (Ralph Robinson, Baltimore Sun Photo, 1975)
These days, Americans tend to celebrate national holidays by complaining about how they’re not properly celebrated. Labor Day is no exception.
But if hectoring one another about the true meaning of Labor Day is less shrill than it is about other holidays — at least in Baltimore — it might be because it’s been a good, long while since the holiday was observed with anything resembling enthusiasm.