Labor Day!

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Evelyn Fraire and Angelica Soltero

Labor Day this year is on Monday, September 5th. It is always celebrated on the first Monday of September. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the US to make it a public holiday. By 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

Labor Day History

On February 21, 1887 Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day. Later four more states (Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts) passed laws making Labor Day a holiday. By 1894 twenty-three more states adopted the holiday as well, In June of the same year congress passed the act making the first Monday in September every year a legal holiday.

Who founded Labor Day?

(From Left to Right: Matthew Maguire, Peter J. McGuire)

Peter J. McGuire co-founded Labor Day. He suggested setting a day aside to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Peter was generally given credit for the idea of Labor Day.

Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday in order to honor workers in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

 

Both McGuire and Maguire attended the country’s first Labor Day parade in New York city that year.

Many Americans celebrate Labor Day with parades, picnics, as well as parties which are festivities very similar to those of when Labor Day was first suggested as a holiday.  So remember to not show up to school on Monday, September 5th, because the school will be closed. Further more it will be embarrassing for you.