-- The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City following the plans of the Central Labor Union.
-- In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday and other cities and labor organizations were urged to follow New York's example and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday."
-- In 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in a number of industrial centers in the nation.
-- By 1894, 24 states adopted the holiday to honor workers.
-- In June 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.
-- Early Labor Day celebrations included street parades to show the public "the spirit and esprit de corps of the trade and labor negotiations" of the community. Recreation and amusement for workers and their families followed the parades.
-- Later Labor Day celebrations emphasized the economic and civic significance of the holiday.
Source: The U.S. Department of Labor.
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