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The history of Labor Day

The holiday weekend is almost upon us, and for many people that means a three-day weekend with picnics, parties and sleeping in. But do you know the origin of Labor Day, how it came to be in this country. The U.S. Department of Labor has a page on its web site dedicated to this special day. Here are some interesting facts:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement 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.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

PNLV would like to wish all of our APN residents, partners and supporters a happy and safe Labor Day!

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