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Labor Day

31. August 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

America’s Labor Day is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. It is an annual tribute to the country’s workers and the contributions these hard working men and women have made to American society. This year’s holiday falls on September 6 and many people consider Labor Day to be the unofficial end of the summer (much like Memorial Day is the unofficial start). It also marks the start of American football season. 

New Yorkers celebrated the first Labor Day, or “workingmen’s holiday,” on September 5, 1882. The idea caught on, thanks to the help of several labor unions, and by 1885 several cities recognized this significant day. President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and by the 20th century all 50 U.S. states had declared Labor Day a state holiday as well.

Most businesses and schools close on Labor Day and many Americans enjoy their time off by attending parades, barbecues, or firework shows. Many retail stores also hold special sales on this day. Labor Day weekend is also a popular time to travel and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather.