Fun Fact Friday: Labor Day

The first Labor Day Parade, in NYC in 1882.

Did you know that Labor Day was originally a Canadian holiday? It’s true! The first Labor Day was celebrated in Toronto Canada in 1872. The first American Labor Day was September 5th, 1882, and took place in New York City.

Labor Day celebrates the efforts of our workers, and was first recognized as a holiday in Oregon, in 1887. In 1894, Congress passed an act to make the first Monday of every September a holiday. Since then, Labor Day has been one of the most popular U.S. holidays, partly because it is always a three day weekend. Labor Day is also considered the end of summer vacation in many parts of the country, with school starting the week after.

Want to learn more about Labor Day? Check out our Labor Day resources on Discovery Education Streaming!


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