Labor Day

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Labor Day
United States
Labor Day

Labor Day, a federal holiday in the United States, is observed on the first Monday of September. It serves as a tribute to the American labor movement and acknowledges the significant contributions and efforts of laborers to the growth and accomplishments of the nation.

The concept of dedicating a day to honor labor gained traction in the late 19th century as the trade union and labor movements expanded. Advocates for such a day, including the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, organized the inaugural parade in New York City. Oregon led the way by officially declaring it a public holiday in 1887, becoming the first U.S. state to do so. By the time Labor Day achieved federal holiday status in 1894, thirty states had already embraced the celebration.