A look at the history of Labor Day

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This illustration shows the first American Labor Day parade held in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, as it appeared in Frank Leslie’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper’s Sept. 16, 1882, issue.

A look at the history of Labor Day

Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. After municipal o...

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