Many people associate Labor Day with a day off, and that is exactly what this holiday is all about! It is a day for workers to sit back and be proud of the hard work they put into our country. It is also a time to think about those workers who do not get the day off for our protection and care, such as police officers and healthcare providers.
The very first Labor Day was celebrated back on September 5, 1882, but it was only celebrated in New York City. As the years went on, this idea spread throughout the country. During those years, Labor Day was assigned to the first Monday in September. Soon after, it became a legal holiday in the U.S. and District of Columbia on June 28, 1894.
Nobody really knows who the exact person that came up with this idea is, but is has narrowed down to two men, Peter McGuire and Mathew Maguire. Fortunately, we don’t need to know whose idea it was in order to celebrate this holiday. So remember, there are no classes on Monday, September 5th! Enjoy the day off and have a great 3-day weekend!