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The Purpose and History of the US Labor Day Holiday
Why do some, but far from all, Americans "throw down their tools" and take off from work on the first Monday in September to celebrate Labor Day?

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Labor Day

Labor Day is a public holiday observed in the United States on the first Monday in September.

Labor Day celebrates the contribution of the American system of organized labor and workers to t...

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Inventing Labor Day

Labor Day was first observed in 1882, but there is still disagreement who should take credit for its invention.

Some think it is Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Car...

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The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in line with the plans of the Central Labor Union. 

The Central Labor Union then urged other unions and trade organizat...

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Government Recognition

Labor Day gained popularity very quickly and by 1885, several city governments have called for local observances.

Oregon was the first state to adopt a Labor Day law on February 2, 1887. Col...

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Labor Day Celebrations Changed

The character of Labor Day celebrations has changed as the huge displays and gatherings have become a problem for public safety.

Today, television, the internet, and social media ensure that...

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The amusement park opened on 17th of July 1955 and was watched by 90 million of citizens, out of a total of 169 million.

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