5 Fun Facts About Labor Day

The first Labor Day featured workers protesting a 16-hour workday.

It's Labor Day, the unofficial end to the summer season. Local swimming pools are closing as children return to school, but how did this holiday get its start?

Here are five fun facts about Labor Day.

  1. The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City back on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882. The event was organized by the Central Labor Union, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  2. More than 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade, protesting 16-hour workdays and fighting to have an eight-hour one instead.
  3. In 1884, the holiday began to be observed on the first Monday of September as the Central Labor Union encouraged other labor groups to join with them.
  4. Ten years later, in June 1894, Congress voted to make Labor Day a national federal holiday.
  5. Did you know that Labor Day is also celebrated in Canada? Other nations also celebrate the labor movement, but it is called a "May Day" celebration in those countries.


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