As a public and important holiday in the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. This day is set up to honor the American labor movement and the workers for they have contributed to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.
But do you know the first Labor Day in USA? The first Labor Day was likely to be celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. At that time, some 10,000 workers assembled for a parade in New York City, which inspired similar events across the country.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, and similar organizations in other cities were established to celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. By 1894, more than half the states had adopted a “workingmen’s holiday” in honor of workers. Later that year, Congress passed legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29 making the first Monday in September as a legal holiday, “Labor Day.”
(Sources: US Department of Labor, PBS, US Census)
Now for most people, this holiday means a day off, and it is also called the “unofficial end of summer” for it marks the end of the cultural summer season. Many fall activities usually begin about this time like school activities and sports events.
What’s more, Labor Day has become an important weekend for discounts by many retailers in USA, especially for back-to-school sales for many potential customers will go to shopping during this holiday. It is also said to be one of largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Black Friday.