Labor day, which is celebrated on the first Monday in September, is fast approaching and as you know is a largely celebrated holiday across all States.
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What is Labor Day and when is it?
Labor day is a Federal Holiday celebrated in the United States, it is observed on the first Monday of September so this year it will fall on Monday 7th September 2015. It’s a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.
Many Americans consider Labor Day to be the end of the summer, so beaches and other popular resort areas are generally packed with people trying to enjoy their 3-day weekend.
When did Labor Day Start?
The holiday originated on 5th September 1882 as the Central Labor Union of New York City requested to create a day off work for all the working citizens. The workers' unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
What are the modern day traditions of Labor Day and have they changed since it originated?
Americans originally celebrated Labor Day by having a day off work and attending parades, picnics and setting off fireworks. The focus of the American worker has now gradually turned primarily to celebrating a day off with the family. Today people still enjoy the original celebrations but most use it as an excuse to make the most of the last days of summer by hitting the roads for a road trip, backyard barbecues or just relaxing. Just remember that the holiday is to pay tribute to the workers who have made America the way it is today.