What Is Labor Day & Why We Celebrate?

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What Is Labor Day & Why We Celebrate?

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September in any given year (i.e. a single day from September 1 through September 7) to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

Origin
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on which to celebrate labor. In the United States, a September holiday called Labor Day was first proposed in the early 1880s.

Alternative accounts of the event’s origin exist. Descendants of two men with similar last names claim their great-grandfather was the true father of the holiday.

Labor Day picnics and other public gatherings frequently featured speeches by prominent labor leaders.

Legal Recognition
The popularity of the event spread across the country. In 1887, Oregon became the first state of the United States to make Labor Day an official public holiday. By 1894, thirty U.S. states were already officially celebrating Labor Day. In that year, Congress passed a bill recognizing the first Monday of September as Labor Day and making it an official federal holiday. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law on June 28. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories have subsequently made Labor Day a statutory holiday.

At Atlantic Sweeping & Cleaning, we value and celebrate the labor and contributions of all of our team members. This Labor Day, we offer our sincere gratitude to all who labor, because there is dignity and value in hard work. Happy Labor Day!

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day

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