Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.
The holiday was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, in 1882. He suggested setting aside a day for a "general holiday for the laboring classes"to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882. It was not until 1894 that Congress declared the first Monday in September a national holiday.
Today, Labor Day is a day for Americans to reflect on the contributions of workers and to celebrate the strength and prosperity of the United States. It is also a day for many people to enjoy the end of summer with family and friends.
Here are some ways to celebrate Labor Day:
Attend a Labor Day parade or festival.
Go to a sporting event or concert.
Have a picnic or barbecue with friends and family.
Go hiking, camping, or fishing.
Volunteer your time to a local community organization.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Labor Day, take some time to remember the hard work and dedication of all the laborers who have helped build this country.