Fun Facts about Labor Day

Did you know…

  • Labor Day celebrates the contributions of the millions of men and women in the US workforce.
  • The first US Labor Day was planned by the Central Labor Union and held September 5, 1882 in New York City. On this day, nearly 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall and uptown to 42nd The march ended in Wendel’s Elm Park (on 92nd Street and 9th Avenue) with a picnic, concert, and speeches.
  • Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a holiday in 1887.
  • Congress passed an act in June, 1894, setting aside the first Monday in September as a legal holiday.
  • In the late 19th century, Americans worked a 12-hour workday, seven days a week!
  • The Adamson Act, which established the 8-hour work day, was passed in 1916.
  • Traditionally, people did not wear white after Labor Day. Historians believe this fashion advice stems from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes and return to school or work.
  • Labor Day is the unofficial last day of summer. It is no doubt a day mourned by students and cheered by parents everywhere!