History of Labor Day
Labor Day, the first Mon-day 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. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.
Celebrating Labor Day
Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.
A local Labor Day celebration is taking place in Columbia. On Sunday, Septemeber 1st, at 8 p.m. and Monday, September 2nd, at 12 p.m., the public is invited to come dressed as your favorite professional role or job (nurse, doctor, teacher, etc.). The location is 2432 Chappelle Street, Columbia, SC. The event is free, but organizers are asking for $5 donations.