What is Labor Day?
Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September with various ceremonies in United States of America. It is different from the Labour Day (international workers day) which celebrated on the 1st of May. Labor Day is the American version of the original Labour Day. Also, Canada celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September. The reason for this day to be chosen is because it symbolizes the end of the summer and holiday season.
Labor Day has been dedicated to social and economical achievements of American workers. The first Labor Day started with the protest marches of constructers, printers, railway workers and tobacco workers from New York in 1882. Beyond being a national holiday, it showed up as a day helps workers to seek their rights.
It is still not clear who gave a suggestion for making the Labor Day an annual holiday. Some historians said that Peter J. Mcguire who had founded the United Brotherhood of Carpenters in 1881 and president of the American Federation of Labor, suggested the idea for making Labor Day a national holiday. An alternative thesis maintained that making Labor Day a national holiday was Matthew M aguire’s idea who was the former secretary of Central Labor Union.
In the first Labor Day, all workers from New York, mentioned their problems about working hours and labour exploitation with the banners and slogans.
In 1887, all state governments declared 5th of September as Labor Day. In 1894, American government under the presidency of Grover Cleveland formalised the day as a national holiday with legislations.
When is Labor Day?
Labor Day celebrated on the first Monday in September every year. The next Labor Day is on September 3, 2018. In 2019, it will be celebrated on 2nd of September.
Dates for Labor Day to 2026
- Labor Day 2019 - September 2, 2019 - Monday
- Labor Day 2020 - September 7, 2020 - Monday
- Labor Day 2021 - September 6, 2021 - Monday
- Labor Day 2022 - September 5, 2022 - Monday
- Labor Day 2023 - September 4, 2023 - Monday
- Labor Day 2024 - September 2, 2024 - Monday
- Labor Day 2025 - September 1, 2025 - Monday
- Labor Day 2026 - September 7, 2026 - Monday