Labor Day is around the corner. We all know this day signifies the end of summer and the start of the school season, but do you know the origins of this holiday that honors workers?
The national holiday was first observed on September 5, 1882 when an estimated 10,000 workers gathered for a parade in New York City organized by the Central Labor Union as a “workingmen’s holiday.”
The idea caught on throughout more than half of the states in the country by 1894, and President Grover Cleveland signed a bill on June 29, 1894 to designate the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday, seven years before the President declared the celebration a national holiday.
While Labor Day originated in the United States, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago also have adopted days to celebrate their country’s labor movement.