History Lesson: Labor Day

An illustration of the first American Labor parade held in New York City on September 5, 1882 as it appeared in Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper.

An illustration of the first American Labor parade held in New York City on September 5, 1882 as it appeared in Frank Leslie’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper.

Labor Day is the unofficial end of a summer. It’s always celebrated on the first Monday in September.

Many students across the country go back to school on Tuesday, although we know a lot of you have already been in school for one or two weeks!

The holiday was first proposed in the late 19th century by trade union and labor movement organizers to celebrate the contributions of workers, such as people working on assembly lines and in the meat packing industry.

Trade unions work to ensure that laborers receive fare pay and have good working conditions.

The first Labor Day parade was in New York city in 1882. Oregon was the first state to declare Labor Day a holiday in 1887. It became a national holiday in 1894.

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