Clay Aiken – A Holiday To Remember

Happy Labor Day to Clay Aiken and to all his fans!

Labor Day is more than just a day off from school and work. It’s a great time to think about the history of the national holiday and its importance in American history. Not only is it a day to enjoy picnics, festivals and barbecues; it’s a national dedication to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Here are a few interesting facts about Labor Day to get you into the spirit of the holiday:

  • President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day to be the first Monday of September. Labor Day was first observed on September 5th, 1882.
  • Labor Day is celebrated in Canada as well as the United States. Oregon was the first state to declare Labor Day as law.
  • The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City. 10,000 workers took an unpaid holiday to march in the first Labor Day parade.
  • Labor Day is the third most popular day for grilling.
  • Labor Day is the official end to hot dog season?
  • In Nome, Alaska, you can enjoy the annual Great Bathtub Race on Labor Day. Four contestants push bathtubs with wheels and filled with water carrying a fifth team member.
  • The annual Snake River Duck Race is another spectacular event you will not want to miss. Here you will see thousands of plastic ducks arriving on the river after moving through miles of twists and turns.
  • “No white after Labor Day” was the old-fashioned style rule. Today’s fashion rules now shy away from this outdated policy.

One of the traditions of Labor Day used to be the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. The star-studded variety show would last almost 24 hours. It entertained, informed and more importantly, raised funds for MDA.

Lewis was MDA national chairman from the early 1950s to 2011, and is credited with raising more than $1.6 billion over the years. He was nominated in 1977 for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the telethon and muscular dystrophy relief.

In 2003, Clay Aiken was a guest on the MDA telethon. Clay sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and received glowing comments from Jerry Lewis. Jerry announced to the audience that Clay Aiken fans donated more than $30,000 when they learned that Clay would be on the show.

The following video shows Clay’s performance and the wonderful praise he received from Jerry Lewis.


Do you remember this performance by Clay?


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  1. I do remember and it was so exciting seeing Clay preform and how much Jerry Lewis loved him. He gave a glowing talk about what he thought would happen for Clay in his future and he was so proud to have Clay singing "Bridge Over Troubled Waters". Clay captivated the whole audience.

  2. Two humanitarians in one night: The late great Jerry Lewis and OMC! Thank you, CANN for the beautiful remembrance of that special time! Happy Labor Day to all!

  3. Wow! Great performance! What great fans he had then, donating all of that money! Can you imagine what they would get now? Thanks for sharing!

  4. That performance by Clay was so moving. I thought of it when I heard that Jerry Lewis had died a short time ago. This was the weekend that Jerry always had his MDA Telethon.

  5. Of coarse I saw this performance. It was terrific. Jerry loved Clay. I used to watch the telethon all night. Not surprised that Clay fans came through for the telethon. Thanks for the video of this event. ❤️ UNCONDITIONAL love for you Clay. God bless America.

  6. I remember this so well. I was part of the donation in his name. Nothing is more moving than Clay singing Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The power of his voice is amazing! Thanks for posting this.

  7. i also saw the performabnce and it was fantastic and amazing jerry lewis loved clay and jerry gave clay averry glowing talk about what he thought would happen ta clay in his fucture i was shocked when i herd about lerry lewis death

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