Labor Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of September.
It has its origin in a parade held on September 5, 1882, in New York organized by the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor and inspired by a similar annual event held in Toronto (Canada).
In 1884 another parade was held, and the Knights of Labor decided to do it annually.
Other organizations, mostly those affiliated with the First International, preferred May 1ST, a date that commemorates the start in 1886 of a strike demanding the eight-hour workday and that had led to the Haymarket Revolt in Chicago, three days later, May 4TH. President Grover Cleveland believed that the May 1ST holiday would be an opportunity for disorders, therefore, fearing that he would strengthen the socialist movement, he quickly gave support to the position of the Knights of Labor in 1887 and his date for Labor Day.
Since then, unlike most countries, the United States celebrates Labor Day on a different date.
The celebration of Labor Day in the United States traditionally marks the end of summer, making it the ideal excuse for many families to make the last holiday trip of the season and meet with family and friends.
Labor Day is a federal holiday; therefore, schools, banks, and government offices closed on this day. Families often go out for a picnic, go to the beach, attend music festivals, travel, or take advantage of the great discounts that are made in all stores in the United States and on the internet.
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