Do you live in a house or an apartment? When you flip a switch, does a light come on? Is water running out of your faucet? All these things we often take for granted, result from workers building walls and installing pipes and wires. Hence the need for National Tradesmen Day, which is celebrated on the third Friday in September. This year, the date falls on September 21.
History of National Tradesmen Day
Back in 2011, Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day to honor those who work with their hands. By the way, this includes women, too.
Regardless of gender, these jobs are hard. As Irwin puts it so well on their website, “The job gets done in mud and muck, unbelievable heat and rain, or under a kitchen sink. The job gets done with bare hands – rough hands with swollen joints, blisters as big as Texas, grease-stained fingers, and calluses. These are working hands – REAL WORKING HANDS!”
At Buzz, we know about that. You should see our hands after a long day of fence building!
Observing National Tradesmen Day
Move over, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Time to celebrate a new holiday. Here are a few suggestions:
- Take a picture of your favorite manual worker, and post it on social media with the hashtag #NationalTradesmenDay.
- Bake cookies for those guys doing roadwork in your neighborhood.
- Tradesmen often hit the convenience store for early morning coffee. You’ll recognize them by their work clothes and trucks. Tell them it’s National Tradesmen Day and buy their coffee.
- Send a thank you card to your electrician, mechanic, or whoever you depend upon to keep life running smoothly.
- If you live in a condo or apartment with maintenance staff, remember to say thank you.
- Support your local, independently owned and operated trade businesses.
- Stop by the Buzz Custom Fence showroom in Fort Worth and say hi. While you’re here, we can answer any questions you have about fences, walls, gates, or patios.