Who Is Honored on Labor Day?

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Labor Day is one of several major holidays during the year that businesses observe. It is always celebrated on the first Monday in September. President Grover Cleveland signed a bill in 1894, which made Labor Day a National Holiday.

History

  • The concept of Labor Day was patterned after a celebration and parade sponsored by the Knights of Labor in 1882 in New York City to honor the working class. This parade was repeated on the first Monday of September in 1884 from which a resolution was passed to always celebrate on that day.

Other History

  • Labor unions lobbied various state legislatures in the late 1880s to have a day to honor union workers.

Significance

  • Labor Day became a holiday to honor working men and women who contributed to America's social and economic conditions, according to Aflcio.org: Labor Day FAQs.

Effects

  • Labor Day is also celebrated in Canada and other industrialized nations, according to Wilstar.com: Labor Day. It has also come to be known as a way to celebrate the end of the summer.

Theories/Speculation

  • Workers often rebelled and drank because of long work hours and restrictions on fun in the late 1700s; and throughout a large part of the nineteenth century. Laborers even rioted in their fight for more leisure time. In many respects, Labor Day honors those early Americans who fought for shorter work hours and a higher quality of life.

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