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How did Labor Day become a holiday?

How did Labor Day become a holiday?

In a country that enables us to celebrate and honor many cultural and religious holidays, Labor Day is unique in that it celebrates American workers. Labor Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday of every September, is a holiday dedicated to honoring the contributions U.S. workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The originator of this celebration was the Central Labor Union.

The creation of Labor Day has been credited to two different people. Some historians believe Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, first suggested a holiday to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Others credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist and, later, secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Patterson, N.J., as the creator of Labor Day. Many say he proposed the idea of a holiday to honor the working class when he was serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York in 1882. What is agreed upon is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and a picnic.

The first Labor Day holidays were celebrated with grand parades, picnics and sometimes fireworks. Today, Labor Day is celebrated in many different ways, but is still supposed to be a day set aside to appreciate the advancements, freedoms, and prosperity our country experiences, thanks to the hardworking individuals that make up our great country.

How do you celebrate Labor Day? Share you favorite recipes, parade memories and more!

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1 Labor Day - MCS Gal { 09.01.14 at 8:02 am }

[…] “In a country that enables us to celebrate and honor many cultural and religious holidays, Labor Day is unique in that it celebrates American workers. Labor Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday of every September, is a holiday dedicated to honoring the contributions U.S. workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. The originator of this celebration was the Central Labor Union.”(http://www.farmersalmanac.com/blog/2007/08/27/how-did-labor-day-become-a-holiday/) […]

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