10 Facts about Labor Day

Did you know these 10 Facts about Labor Day?


1. 1872

Labor Day began in Canada (in Toronto) before it made its way to the U.S.


2. 1882

The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5.


3. 1887

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday.


4. 1894

Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.


5. 155 million of workers

On this special day we celebrate the contributions and achievements of all those men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.


6. 12-hour days and seven-day weeks

In the late 1800s, on average, Americans worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children from the age of 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.


7. 1916

That was the year that the 8-hour day was firmly established with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.


8. White clothes

Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.


9. Football season

It starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.


10. Back-to-school kickoff

Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned by students all over).

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