Labor Day is a nationally celebrated holiday that pays tribute to the working men and women in the United States and Canada. Many people view it as a “Goodbye to Summer” with a last dash to the beach. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.
Did you know?
Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday in 1887
By the time the holiday was officially signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, 23 states already had their own celebrations
In many other countries, May Day (May 1st) is the day working people are honored, though the date of May 1 was chosen because the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of May 1, 1886
Labor Day has become an important weekend for retail sales, said to be second only to Black Friday sales. Ironically, this means more than 24 percent of all workers in the U.S. (retail workers) may work harder and longer on Labor Day