The history of Labor Day and other interesting facts about the holiday

America, have a happy Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 and became a federal holiday in 1894. In September, the holiday falls on the first Monday. However, the day is more than just picnics and parades.

To celebrate Labor Day, here are some things you may not have known about the holiday:

It began as a state holiday before it became a federal holiday
Labor activists first started recognizing Labor Day before states started to unofficially celebrate it. The first state to introduce a bill to recognize the holiday was New York. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to enact it. New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado followed soon after.

It was a beer-filled Labor Day celebration at the beginning
During Labor Day 1882, Manhattan held its first parade in front of city hall. There was a large police presence in the area because police feared a riot would break out. There was one problem, though: very few people showed up on the day of the march to actually take part. That’s awkward.
Music wasn’t playing, and those present almost gave up before 200 jeweler’s union members showed up and things took off. The march on that day ended up attracting around 20,000 participants.
After that, the party began. Immediately following the parade, there were “Kegs of Lager … mounted everywhere.”, according to reports.
Apparently, some traditions are enduring.

As a department, the Department of Labor was led by women for the first time.

Labor Day became a holiday after Labor Day was created, and the first person to lead the department was Frances Perkins. As a result of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, which killed 146 people, Perkins helped President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration make changes in labor policy.

Among all the government agencies, the Labor Department has had the most female secretaries, six.

Having a day off is wonderful

But, is there a specific reason for our celebration?
Quite a bit. What is it like not having to work weekends? How does the 40-hour work week work? Do you have paid sick days and holidays? Labor leaders are responsible for that. In order to create fairer, more equitable labor laws and workplaces, thousands of Americans marched, protested and participated in strikes.
The history of this wonderful Day is Honorable and significant in a country that prides itself on hard honest work and family values. We work hard in order to take care of our families, our personal needs and live up to the basic principles that our Great Nation holds. This year, while we are honoring our past and celebrating the foresight of the Great Americans who paved the way for our Holiday weekend, let us remember to celebrate our families and the freedoms that we enjoy in America like never before! Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day from the Good people here at

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