What is Labor Day?

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In the United States, Labor Day is a holiday that falls on the first Monday of September each year. Labor Day was established as a day to recognize the contributions of American workers!
 
The first Labor Day celebration in the United States consisted of about 10,000 workers who participated in a union-sponsored parade on September 5th, 1882. The idea for having this first “Labor Day” is sometimes attributed to a man named Peter McGuire, the founder of the United Brothers of Carpenters union, and sometimes to Matthew Maguire, the secretary for a union known as the Central Labor Union. 
 
Following the first Labor Day, the union groups who had sponsored it once again sponsored another Labor Day in 1883. Over the next several years, more cities and eventually states began to acknowledge and participate in the new holiday on the first Monday in September. – Finally, in 1894, Congress approved the holiday as an official national public holiday!
 
Today, Labor Day is still celebrated on the first Monday of September. In some places, there are parades or speeches to honor workers. Many people also use the day as a three-day weekend to spend with their families or as a symbolic holiday to mark the unofficial “end” of summer. While some people do work on Labor Day, many people have the day off from work to spend at local celebrations or with their families!
 
by   (whyzz writer)
  • Exploration

    Why do you think it’s important to have a holiday that celebrates the contributions and efforts of workers? 
     
    What are some of the ways in which you might honor the hard work of other people? – Are there any traditions your family has for Labor Day which help to recognize these efforts and contributions??
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