History of Labor Day

details on the September day that gives students an extra day off

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Labor Day is a holiday not often talked about or even celebrated properly, and yet it has an understandable and honorable purpose: To celebrate U.S. workers and the jobs we do every day to help the nation grow. 


Labor Day is on the first Monday of September. If it makes you appreciate this holiday a little bit more, we will have school off on Labor Day. Known practices for Labor Day usually just include having a Public Picnic or other public or private activities.


Labor Day also has some history to it. It was created as a federal holiday in 1894. It was created to celebrate U.S. workers and their achievements. This was not the first time a “Labor Day Parade” was held, however. Factory workers were getting sick of being underpaid and having to work ridiculous hours. Because of these workers, riots were held, and people were hurt in the process. On September 5, 1882, over 10,000 workers used their unpaid time to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, which in turn, became the first time a Labor Day Parade was held.


Whether you decide to celebrate it or not, take time out of your day to remember why this day exists and the history behind it.