The History and Significance of Labor Day
Labor Day is an annual celebration that is observed on the first Monday in September to represent the social and economic achievements of American workers. Labor Day was originally only recognized by labor activists and individual states before it became a federal holiday. This day celebrates the contributions of workers around the country who created the labor movement in the late 19th century to allow individuals the recognition they deserved.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th in 1882 by the Central Labor Union. Congress passed an act declaring Labor Day a legal holiday which was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland on June 28th, 1894. There was speculation on who the founder of Labor Day was, but it was credited to two individuals, Peter J. McGuire co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, and Matthew Maguire secretary of the Central Labor Union.
Congress and the American people wanted to have a holiday that would honor the social and economic achievements of their hard work and dedication. Workers in America have contributed heavily to the prosperity, strength, and well-being of the country. During the industrial revolution from 1750 to 1914, American workers built strong infrastructures such as railways, dams, roads, and bridges to create a stronger nation.
There are many ways to celebrate Labor Day, and the most popular events include parades, picnics, barbeques, fireworks, and other public gatherings. When celebrating the three-day weekend, make sure the activities are safe and you enjoy yourself!
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