Labor Day 2018
Labor Day 2018 will be on September 3, 2018. It does not have a fixed date.
When Do We Celebrate Labor Day?
Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September. The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882. The idea was proposed by the Central Labor Union who had been formed earlier in the year to promote workers’ rights. They proposed a parade and speeches by prominent individuals occur on that day. While New York introduced the first bill to make Labor Day a state holiday, the first state to pass a bill making Labor Day an official holiday was Oregon who passed their bill on February 21, 1887. The United States Congress recognized the holiday in 1894.
Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?
While many people today use Labor Day for one last summer getaway, the real reason that people celebrate Labor Day is to honor the economic and social achievements of American workers. While the first celebration saw 25,000 workers gather in New York City as a peaceful way to protest for better working conditions and eight-hour workdays, most workers today enjoy it by escaping from the daily grind with their families before another school year begins. Many communities across the United States gather together for local celebrations on Labor Day weekend. While not exactly celebrating workers’ rights, many workers take advantage of the extra day off to celebrate at these festivals including the Blueberry Festival in Indiana, the cheese festival in Illinois and the peach festival in Michigan.
Canada workers also celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September. International Workers’ Day is celebrated on May 1 in many countries. The first monday in October is set aside to celebrate workers in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. The celebration happens on the first Monday in March in Victoria and Tasmania while in the Bahamas it occurs on the first Friday in June. May 24 is set aside in Jamaica where many people labor together while completing community service projects.