What is Labor Day

Posted by Colleen

Labor Day is Monday, September 5th when some of us have a day off from work to enjoy a three day weekend. But what is Labor Day? Its a celebration of the contributions of the men and women who are in the United States workforce.

In 1872 Labor Day began in Canada and quickly made its way to the United States. In 1882 the first Labor Day was celebrated in the United States in New York City.  In 1887 Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act making this holiday the first Monday in September.

In 1916 the eight hour day was established with the passage of the Adamson Act.  This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers. Also, football season traditionally starts on or around Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day is the last hurrah before school starts its sort of the end of summer vacation although fall doesn’t actually begin until September 22nd. So, enjoy time this weekend with friends and family but for some of us we still labor away doing yard work, housework or the things we put off doing all summer.



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