Labor Day, child of the labor movement
While most people see Labor Day as the last holiday of summer, it actually is a child of the labor movement and dedicated to the achievements of American workers.
Celebrations honoring labor began to gain popularity in the years following the Civil War. The first Labor Day celebration took place on Sept. 5, 1882. Municipal ordinances giving the day official recognition first appeared in 1885. On Feb. 21, 1887, Oregon became the first state to recognize Labor Day as an official holiday. Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York would follow Oregon’s lead that year. By 1894, a total of 28 states recognized Labor Day.