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Labor Day in United States

Friday, August 29th, 2014

In United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of each September. It is dedicated to the various labor associations who contributed to the United States economy. It creates a long three-day weekend and the last major holiday before the onset of autumn. Labor Day is the last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events and enjoy the summer season end.


Behind the reason of Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes to pay tribute the contributions of workers have made the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

History of Labor Day

More than hundred years after the first Labor Day observance, there are some disputes about who originally thought of the idea of an annual Labor Day observance. According to the Department of Labor, there is some controversy over whether Labor Day originated as the idea of Peter J. McGuire or Matthew Maguire.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But recent research support to the Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J. proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on 5th September 1882, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union and the second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the day was changed and the first Monday in September was selected for the Labor Day holiday and the similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.

What people do?

Labor Day is a time of long weekend and the last chance for go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In many places people are organizing lots of events like; fireworks display, barbecues and public arts or sports events.

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