History of Labor Day

Do you know the history of Labor Day

By Macaroni Kids Team, Edison-Metuchen-Iselin-Highland Park September 5, 2021

Labor Day is tomorrow, Sep 6th, 2021. It usually lies on the first Monday of September.

What is Labor Day: Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Today we celebrate Labor Day weekend with BBQ’s, retail sales, family holidays, parades, and fairs.

Why do we celebrate this holiday: In the late 1800’s, American workers worked on 12 hours a day and 7 days a week schedule. The working conditions were unsanitary, unsafe and paid very little.

Eventually, the workers started protesting and organized rallies and strikes. They wanted better working hours and pay.  Some protests turned into riots and many people were killed. 

When was it created: Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. The very first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882.After years of protests, strikes, unrest, and as state after state started recognizing this as a state holiday; President Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President, declared this a federal holiday in 1894.