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Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States that is observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.

Here's an overview of the origin and history of Labor Day

1. Labor Movement and Workers' Rights

In the late 19th century, the labor movement in the United States was gaining momentum. Workers began organizing themselves into labor unions to advocate for better working conditions, reasonable hours, fair wages, and other labor-related issues. They fought for the rights of workers and sought to improve their overall well-being.

2. Origins of Labor Day

The exact origins of Labor Day are a subject of debate, as multiple individuals and cities claim to have initiated the idea. However, it is widely believed that the first proposal for a workers' holiday came from either Peter J. McGuire, a leader of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire, a machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York.

3. First Municipal Observances

The first municipal observance of Labor Day took place on September 5, 1882, in New York City, organized by the Central Labor Union. It was marked with a parade and a picnic, attended by thousands of workers. This event set the stage for future Labor Day celebrations.

4. State Recognition

Following the success of the first Labor Day celebration in New York City, other states began recognizing the holiday. Oregon was the first state to officially make it a public holiday in 1887, followed by Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. More states joined over time.

5. National Recognition

The push for national recognition of Labor Day gained momentum. In response to growing demands from workers and labor unions, legislation was introduced in Congress to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law, making Labor Day a national holiday.

6. Purpose and Significance

Labor Day was established to recognize and honor the contributions and achievements of American workers. It serves as a day to acknowledge the social and economic achievements of the labor movement, as well as to highlight the importance of workers' rights and labor issues.

7. Traditions and Celebrations

Labor Day is typically celebrated with various activities, including parades, picnics, barbecues, and recreational events. It has also become associated with the end of summer and is seen as a time for family gatherings and relaxation.

Today, Labor Day is recognized as a federal holiday throughout the United States, and it holds significance as a day to honor workers and their contributions to the nation's prosperity and well-being.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Monday Sep 2, 2024 Labor Day 1 month from now
2025 Monday Sep 1, 2025 Labor Day 1 year from now
2026 Monday Sep 7, 2026 Labor Day 2 years from now
2027 Monday Sep 6, 2027 Labor Day 3 years from now
2028 Monday Sep 4, 2028 Labor Day 4 years from now
2029 Monday Sep 3, 2029 Labor Day 5 years from now
2030 Monday Sep 2, 2030 Labor Day 6 years from now
2031 Monday Sep 1, 2031 Labor Day 7 years from now
2032 Monday Sep 6, 2032 Labor Day 8 years from now
2033 Monday Sep 5, 2033 Labor Day 9 years from now
2034 Monday Sep 4, 2034 Labor Day 10 years from now
2035 Monday Sep 3, 2035 Labor Day 11 years from now
2036 Monday Sep 1, 2036 Labor Day 12 years from now
2037 Monday Sep 7, 2037 Labor Day 13 years from now
2038 Monday Sep 6, 2038 Labor Day 14 years from now
2039 Monday Sep 5, 2039 Labor Day 15 years from now
2023 Monday Sep 4, 2023 Labor Day 10 months ago
2022 Monday Sep 5, 2022 Labor Day 1 year ago
2021 Monday Sep 6, 2021 Labor Day 2 years ago
2020 Monday Sep 7, 2020 Labor Day 3 years ago
2019 Monday Sep 2, 2019 Labor Day 4 years ago
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Notice, in particular, conversion from the other calendar to the Gregorian calendar, there may be discrepancies.