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What is Labor Day?
This longtime celebration of the social and economic achievements of American Workers is observed on the first Monday of September each year. This annual tribute to our workforce honors their contributions which is the driving force in the ongoing strength and prosperity of our nation.
The Creation of Labor Day
While the U. S. Government has always recognized the strength of its working class, it wasn’t until 1885 that local municipalities officially recognized Labor Day as a holiday. The trend expanded to the state legislatures throughout the country. While New York was the first state to introduce legislation to recognize Labor Day as an official state holiday, the state of Oregon beat them to the punch. On February 21st of 1887, Oregon was the first state to pass a law recognizing Labor Day as a State Holiday.
The First Labor Day
The very first Labor Day celebration took place in New York city on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882. The event was organized by the Central Labor Union. The concept of a “Working-Man’s” holiday spread like wildfire. To show its strength, the Union organized a street parade, which soon became the mainstay of the Labor Day annual celebration.