Labor Day, a United States tradition since the late 1800s

Labor Day, a United States tradition since the late 1800s

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, remembers and honors the working class, the American labor movement, and the contributions that workers have made to build the United States of America.

This public holiday was officially implemented first in Oregon in 1887, following proposals from many different labor groups and national personalities, among them the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City to celebrate what they called “Labor Day.”

Many accounts state the fact that in 1887 Oregon became the first state of the United States to make Labor Day an official public holiday. “By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories have subsequently made Labor Day a statutory holiday,” writes Wikipedia.

The Department of Labor indicates that “During 1887 four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday.”

On June 28, 1884, the Congress o the United States passed an act declaring the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the states of the Union.

Labor Day is celebrated by millions, in many different ways. While some cities have big parades and communal activities, many would rather go to the beach or simply stay at home having a deserved rest among family. We hope you are having a very fine day!


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