For many, Labor Day is seen as the end of summer, but it’s an annual national tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, success, and security of our country. Here are some interesting facts about this important holiday:
- The first Labor Day was on a Tuesday in 1882 in New York City, and it was planned by the Central Labor Union to recognize the achievements of men and women in the U.S. workforce. On that day, 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to 42nd Street where they enjoyed a picnic, speeches, and concerts.
- In 1887, Labor Day was officially designated on the first Monday of September. Oregon was the first state to recognize Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887 and by 1894, 23 other states had followed suit.
- In the 19th century, workers were accustomed to work 12-hour days, seven days per week. The Adamson Act, passed in September 1916, established the eight-hour work day that for many is the “standard” work day.
- According to historians, the idea of “no white after Labor Day” came from when the wealthy would return from their holidays and trade their lightweight, white clothing for their work and school attire.
However you decide to celebrate the day, hopefully you enjoy some time with your friends and family in recognition of the valuable contribution you make.