Labor Day

More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on 1st of May which is also the ancient European holiday of May Day.

Updated: June 17, 2020



Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Labor Day is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. The date varies across countries. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on 1st of May which is also the ancient European holiday of May Day. It is associated with the start of spring as well as the celebration of workers.


It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions of workers who have made the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


Significance of Labor Day:

Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader, was the person who came up with the idea for Labor Day. He thought American workers should be honored with their own day. He proposed his idea to New York's Central Labor Union early in 1882.


Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday in 1887. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day. 1st of May is an ancient European folk holiday known as May Day that was emerged in 1886. It is an alternative holiday for the celebration of labor, which was later known as International Workers' Day. 


Celebration:

Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. Labour Day is an annual public holiday in many countries. May 1 was chosen to be International Workers' Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.


Labor Day is called the 'unofficial end of summer' because it marks the end of the cultural summer season. Many take their two-week vacations during the two weeks ending Labor Day weekend. Many fall activities, such as school and sports begin about this time. 


On Labor Day Weekend, people usually go outside and enjoy beaches and barbecues over there. There are also numerous events and activities organized in the cities. For example, New York offers Labor Day Carnival, fireworks over Coney Island, happy hours in restaurants, 12-hour dance parties, and many other activities. Labor Day has become an important weekend for discounts and allowances by many retailers in the United States, especially for back-to-school sales. So, people can also enjoy shopping in this weekend.



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