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When Did Labor Day Start?

Happy Labor Day! I hope you all are enjoying your long weekend. We are currently in PA visiting family and relaxing. For a quick little post today, I thought I would give you a brief history of Labor Day and how it got started.

What The Heck Is Labor Day Anyway?

Labor Day is a national holiday that is celebrated on the first Monday of every September. It hasn’t always been a national holiday though. It started way back in 1882 in New York City as part of a large labor movement in the United States. The first Labor Day was actually held on a Tuesday as the initial thought was to have it on September 5th every year. It wasn’t until two years later that they decided to hold it on the first Monday of September.

As the holiday in the city began to take hold, many other municipalities, states, etc. began to observe it. By 1894, 29 states had adopted the holiday to honor workers. In that same year, Congress voted to make the day a national holiday. It passed unanimously.

Today, most Americans view the holiday as the last big thing of summer. The long weekend is usually packed full of trips to the beach or picnics with family. However, you spend it, just make sure you relax.

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How do you typically spend your Labor Day?

~ Adam

photo by: digitalpimp.

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