Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States that is observed on the first Monday in September of each year (i.e. a single day from September 1 to September 7) to honor and appreciate the American labor movement as well as laborers’ contributions to the country’s progress and achievements. It’s the Monday after Labor Day Weekend, which is a four-day weekend. On this day, we honor workers’ economic and social contributions to the country’s strength, success, and well-being.
This celebration dates back to the late 1800s, when labor advocates advocated for a federal holiday to honor the tremendous contributions employees have made to the strength, wealth, and well-being of the United States.
Peter the Founder!
Peter J. McGuire (July 6, 1852 – February 18, 1906) was an American labor leader in the nineteenth century who created the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and was a crucial factor in the founding of the American Federation of Labor. He is credited with proposing Labor Day as a national holiday for the first time in 1882. He is often referred to as the founder of Labor day!
Recognition of Labor Day in the States!
Labor Day’s popularity grew across the United States. Oregon was the first state in the United States to declare Labor Day a public holiday in 1887. By 1894, thirty states in the United States had declared Labor Day to be a national holiday. In that year, Congress passed legislation designating 1st Monday of the September as Labor Day and declaring it a federal holiday.
For many countries, Labor Day is often associated with International Workers’ Day, which falls on May 1. But, in a few countries Labor Day is observed on a different day, generally one with special importance for that country’s labor movement specifically.
Unofficial end of the Summer?
Because it marks the end of the cultural summer season in the United States, Labor Day is known as the “unofficial end of summer.” Many people take their two-week vacations in the two weeks following Labor Day. Around this time, many fall activities, such as school and sports, begin.