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Labor Day

Labor DayLabor Day takes place every year on the first Monday in the month of September in the United States.  The day was created in honor of the worker, which is the reason why it is also referred to sometimes as the ‘working man’s holiday’.  The holiday is dedicated to the worker in appreciation and respect of the work done by people both in and outside of the home, big companies or small, union or non-union, or government.  If you work anywhere at anything, then Labor Day was created for you.

The very first Labor Day was held in New York City on 5th September 1882, with the tradition being started by New York City’s Central Labor Union.  Two years later, in 1884, the decision was made to move the day to always be held on the first Monday in September.  It did not take long for Labor Day to become very popular, with states quickly following one another’s leads in voting it as a holiday.  It finally became a real national holiday on 28th June 1894, when it was voted to become such by the US Congress.

Labor Day is also traditionally regarded as being the official end of summer, with summer vacations at an end and children going back to school.  It has become traditional for people to celebrate Labor Day weekend with one final picnic, with many others putting away the boats and closing up the pool.

The Creator of Labor Day was either Central Labor Union secretary Matthew Maguire or Peter McGuire, the American Federation of Labor co-founder.

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