For many people, Labor Day means three things: the official end of summer, a day off – and the time to put away all your white. But why is it called Labor Day? The Labor Day holiday pays respect to working men and women across America, commemorating their contributions and achievements that keep America successful. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the US since 1894.
The first labor days were actually celebrated by the labor unions. In an effort to bring attention to poor and dangerous working conditions, low pay and child labor practices, they set up rallies and demonstrations. The first Labor Day parade was said to have taken place in New York City on September 5, 1882. The first Monday in September was chosen arbitrarily, as it fell halfway between two existing holidays- Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The country soon adopted the idea, and in 1894, President Grover Cleveland made the day a federal holiday. Interestingly, Cleveland himself was not a supporter of labor unions. Since unions no represent the bulk of the workforce, Labor Day has less significance as a celebration of working people and functions more as the holiday marking the end of summer.
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