Ten fun facts about Labor Day
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Originally, Labor Day began in Canada as a historic demonstration demanding equal rights for workers. It first started in Toronto in 1872 but quickly became a momentous celebration in the United States to honor the rights of workers.
In the United States, the first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882 organized by the Central Labor Union. About 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched for speeches, a concert, and a picnic.
The first American State to make Labor Day a public holiday was Oregon in 1887.
Under heavy pressure from voters, United States President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the Labor Day an officially recognized American holiday.Fact 5
Much of the world observes Labor Day on May 1. In more than 80 countries worldwide, Labor Day is usually synonymous or linked with International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1st.Fact 6
In the late 19th century, the average number of hours for work every day was 12 hours (there was even a time the average work day was 16 hours). The first Labor Day march was organized to support the eight-hour workday.Fact 7
In 1916, the eight-hour work day became official in 1916.Fact 8
The football season in the United States usually starts on or around Labor Day. Many teams usually have their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.Fact 9
Though Labor Day is considered by some as the last day of summer, it is actually the autumnal equinox, which is usually Sept. 21.Fact 10
Traditionally, it has been considered socially unacceptable to wear white after Labor Day, but today’s fashion rules seem to be weary of this tradition. Click here for more holiday facts ❯
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