7 Fascinating Facts About the Labor Day

Labor Day is the holiday that occurs on the first Monday of September every year in America. Although millions of workers and students get the day off on Labor Day, many people do not know to origin of this holiday, or why it is even celebrated in the first place. Here are some fascinating Labor Day facts.

1. The first Labor Day in America was on September 5th, 1882

This means that this celebrated American Holiday has been around for about 135 years.

2. Labor Day initially began in Canada

The first Canadian Labor Day took place in Toronto in 1872. It began as a gathering to help vie for improved rights for Canadian Laborers.

3. The first American Labor Day occurred in New York City

On this day, roughly 10,000 workers simply did not show up to work and walked from City hall past Union square eventually ending up in Wendell Park. There, they listened to speeches, a concert, and had a picnic.

4. Labor Day first became a recognized holiday in Oregon

The state of Oregon officially recognized Labor Day as a holiday in 1887.

5. Labor Day was made an official holiday under the Grover Cleveland Administration

The bill that made Labor Day an official holiday celebrated on the first Monday of every September was passed on June 28th, 1894.

6. Labor Day celebrates the contributions made to society by the millions of American workers

Despite the fact that Labor Day is called Labor Day, many people do not realize that it actually celebrates the American workforce. However, that is what it is actually celebrating.

7. There is a historical tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day

Because Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial ending of the summer, it was historically considered a fashion faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. However, most people do not pay attention to this tradition any more. But, some people probably still do.


Over the past century or so, Labor Day has become one of America’s cherished holidays. The three-day weekend known as “Labor Day Weekend” has become a period of time where students get one last little break before really diving into the school year, and where workers have one last opportunity to enjoy the summer. Labor Day is a beloved holiday, and it is most likely going to stay that way for many years to come.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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