Labor Day is deemed to be a public holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the first Monday in the month of September. In this holiday, the contributions of workers in the American labor movement are honored. It is referred to as the ‘unofficial last day of summer’ in the United States. Canada also celebrates Labor Day that falls on the first Monday in the month of September as well. More than 80 countries also celebrate Labor Day by the names of Labour Day which is also known as May Day and International Workers’ Day, which falls on the first day of May.
History of Labor Day
Before the inception of the Labor movement, the conditions of the American industries and mines were deemed deplorable in the 18th and 19th century. While many states have passed some laws that kept away the children from working, and in some states 5 years old children were working. The conditions were extremely unsafe for some workers and there existed only a few laws that limited the determination of how many hours should be considered in a workday. The labor movement took place to look after these issues. In the 18th century, the labor movement started as fighting for better wages, safe work environment, a halt to child labor and offering health benefits for workers.
Labor Day can be observed all the way back to the 19th century. It was a time where the trade unions and labor movements all over the planet devoted a day to honor the labor passed in their respective countries. In the United States, Labor Day was first claimed as a September holiday between the years 1880 and 1890. The idea was borrowed from Canada after the leader of American labor, Peter McGuire, noticed the labor festivals that have taken place in Canada to fight for the rights of printers. He grabbed that idea back to the United States and brought forth the American version of Labor Day. The first official Labor Day parade took place on September 5, 1882, in the New York City and was attended by more than 10,000 workers.
Celebrating Labor Day
Labor Day in the United States is claimed as an official federal holiday. In other words, all the government schools and offices, and the businesses are closed on this day as well. In many parts of the United States, public parades, barbecues, displays and fireworks are organized. It is deemed as the unofficial last day of summer. It is a time to have some fun before the school begins or summer vacations end. Labor day music festivals in Denver are also organized.
Many unrelated fairs and festivals are held around this time in the United States. Some of these encompass festivals and fairs like The KC Irish Fest in Kansas City, Missouri; the Festival of Iowa Beers in Amana, Iowa; the Cleveland Oktoberfest in Berea, Ohio; and, Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri.