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The Story Behind Labor Day

Posted On September 4th, 2015 By Muriel Rus

This coming weekend is marked with picnics, lawn chairs and lots of celebration and relaxation – but why is Labor Day a celebrated national holiday here in the United States of America?

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The first Labor Day celebration took place in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.  Originally organized by the Central Labor Union, this day was set aside to honor all of the men and women in the USA workforce who helped make our country great through their hard work and dedication.  The first Labor Day included a parade followed by a festival for the workers and their families to enjoy.

Over the course of two years, the tradition spread to other cities in the USA.  In September of 1884, the United States government officially named the first Monday in each September as Labor Day.   Each year, as US Americans, we can step back, remember, and are able to be thankful for all of the hard work that was done by millions of US American men and women to make our country what it is today.

So what are you thankful for this year?  We hope you have a relaxing weekend and take some time to reflect and enjoy all of the freedoms we have here in the United States of America.

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