Check Out These Labor Day Fun Facts
- The first Labor Day observance is believed to have been a parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, organized by the Central Labor Union. 10,000 workers marched in the parade up Broadway. It was meant to be a tribute to working men and women and to show solidarity.
- By 1893 more than half of the states were observing Labor Day and a bill to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday was introduced in Congress.
- On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law an act making the first Monday of September Labor Day, a federal holiday. This day was chosen because it is halfway between July 4th and Thanksgiving, therefore a great time for a holiday.
- Labor Day is the third most popular holiday weekend for barbecuing, behind July 4th and Memorial Day.
- Labor Day is often referred to as the “unofficial end of summer.” Officially, summer extends to almost the end of September.