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Labor Day

Labor (work) is considered a manner of human activity that is performed for wages or other benefits. It provides goods and services that can have an impact, large or small, on the economy, whether it is local, national, or worldwide.

Labor Day is a federal holiday that was created as a yearly tribute to recognized the contributions of working men and women who don't often get the recognition they deserve.

The holiday was founded by the Central Labor Union as a way to show appreciation for the many sacrifices and achievements that have been made by American workers who have toiled to enhance the strength and financial wellbeing of the United States.

The first Labor Day was celebrated by the Central Labor Union in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. In the beginning, Labor Day was known as a "workingman's holiday" but it caught on with the growth of labor unions and rapidly spread throughout industrial and commercial centers around the country.

It was subsequently celebrated on September 5 of the following years, but in 1884, the first Monday of September was chosen as the day to celebrate. This day was originally the one chosen by the Central Labor Union.

In 1894, after President Grover Cleveland signed legislation making it a federal holiday, the first Monday of September was officially designated as the Labor Day holiday.

Today, Labor Day is celebrated throughout the United States as a time honored tradition. It is a holiday to be shared with friends and family for relaxation, recreation and amusement.

Labor Day activities include picnics, barbeques, parades, parties, political speeches, and sporting events such as boating, golfing, hiking, fishing, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, and swimming.

Even though Labor Day is a federal holiday, it symbolizes the end of summer and beginning of a new school year for many children.

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