The History of Labor Day

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Universities are closed. Offices are closed. The post office is closed. On Monday, September 3, 2012 people in the U.S. will be relaxing thanks to Labor Day.


Labor Day is always the first Monday of September. It was created to honor the hard work of Americans and it allows people to take

The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City’s Union Square.

time to enjoy the prosperity and success of the country. It’s also known as the “working man’s holiday”.

The holiday has been celebrated for more than 100 years. Believe it or not, there is still doubt on how it actually was created. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, records show Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor was the first to suggest the holiday.

But many believe Matthew Maguire, a machinist founded the holiday. Some records show Maguire proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. It was in 1884 it was decided the holiday should fall on the first Monday of September. It grew in popularity across several states, including Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. It became so popular that in 1894 Congress passed an act making it an official, legal holiday in all 50 states.

How Labor Day is Celebrated

Many Americans feel Labor Day is a symbol that summer is over. It’s also considered the last day it’s acceptable to wear white. It’s also marks the beginning of National Football League (NFL) and college football seasons. Most teams play its first games Labor Day weekend.

Since many people have Labor Day off from work and school, it makes a great three day weekend. Many families take trips, go to the beach one last time, have cookouts, or just relax at home. No matter what a person does to celebrate, the whole point is to relax!

Here is a fun video we found that shows some suggestions on how to enjoy your Labor Day. Enjoy the day off from work and class this Monday!


2 thoughts on “The History of Labor Day

  1. Thank you for giving us a brief overview about the Labor Day! This is very informative and educational! I did not know any of the history about this National day and I’m glad that now I know more about its meaning :)!

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