Labor Day was originated by the American Federation of Labor of the late 1800s and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Labor unions celebrated the first labor days in the United States. The first Labor Day parade was Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. As the movement grew to several states across the country President Grover Cleveland entered the holiday into law in 1894.
The workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories observe Labor Day as a statutory holiday.