Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September and 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, President Grover Cleveland declared the first Monday in September a national holiday. That day 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 "working man'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.