Why is Labor Day Celebrated?

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Labor Day, which is always the first Monday every September, was created by the labor movement and is dedicated to American workers for their achievements. The national tribute to the workers contributions has given the United States prosperity and strength.


Over the years, America has put a greater emphasis on Labor Day. The first state to introduce the legislature was New York, however, the first to make it law was Oregon in 1887. During that same year Colorado, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts created the holiday. By 1894, 23 more states including Nebraska, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania followed suit. Congress passed legislature making the very first Monday in September a legal federal holiday

Who is Responsible for the Holiday?

Over a century after the very first Labor Day demonstration and picnic, there is still some confusion as to who really proposed the holiday.

Some records tout Peter. J. McGuire. Mr. McGuire was a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor and the general secretary for the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. According to history, it was he who suggested that there be a day to honor those, “Who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

However, Peter McGuire’s claim was challenged with many believing that a machinist by the name of Matthew Maguire not Peter McGuire is responsible for the Labor Day holiday with research supporting the claim. With that being said, it is clear that it was the Central Labor Union that adopted the Labor Day proposal appointing a Labor Day committee to plan a picnic and a demonstration.

The First Celebration

The first celebration of Labor Day was on a Tuesday, September 5 in 1883 in New York City in accordance with the Central Labor Unions plans. In 1884, the first Monday was selected as was originally proposed. The Central Labor Union asked similar organizations to help celebrate a, “Workingmen’s Holiday,” on that day, and the rest as they say, is history.

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Happy Labor Day from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and don’t forget to remember the real reason for the federal holiday.