Labor Day is a special day to honor workers for the contributions they make to our communities, states, and country. Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. Most Americans do not have to work on this day. Many people watch parades, go on picnics, attend sports events, or take part in other recreational activities they enjoy.
The idea for Labor Day began in the 1880s. Labor unions organized protest marches and picnics for their members. These events helped call attention to the problems facing American workers. The Central Labor Union organized the first Labor Day celebration on September 5, 1882, in New York City. Soon, other labor unions and state governments began organizing Labor Day celebrations. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making Labor Day a national holiday.