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The History of Labor Day

September 5, 2022

Observed the first Monday of every September as an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers- Labor Day. 

The holiday has roots in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. 

Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. Oregon was the first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day. In 1887 four more states passed laws creating Labor Day as a holiday. By June 28, 1894 congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. 

Today, most Americans celebrate Labor Day with parades, picnics, and parties!

American labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known. The labor movement has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. 

Therefore it is more than appropriate that this nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of this nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership- the American worker.  

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2020alex's lemonade standannapolisAnne Arundel Countyapartmentsapple pickingarmed forcesAttmans DeliauthorsBaltimorebarBARCSBaugher's FarmBBQbeerblack fridayBlush BoutiquebozzutobreakfastBreast Cancer AwarenessBreast Cancer Awareness MonthBREM FoundationCandycharityChef Chris AtwoodChocolatecoal fire pizzaCoalfirecocktailscommunityconcertCorn mazeCroftonCrooked CrabcultureDCdecorDeep Creek LakedeliveryDessertdiningdinnerDIYdonatedonutsescape roomeventsexercisefallFall FestFarmfarmer's marketfestivalfitnessfoodfood drivefootballFort MeadeFour Seasons Hotel BaltimoreFourth of JulyFreak Flag FlyFriendsgivingFrisco Tap House IIFuji Hibachi and Sushi BarGambrillsGiftsgingerbreadGiveawaysgiving backgoalsgreat frogs winerygymgymshalloweenhalloween eventsHarpers FerryHaunted Hay Ridehealthhealth and fitnesshealthyhealthy dininghealthy eatingHeyser Farmsholidayholidayshotelsice creaminternational picnic dayItalian foodjuicekayakingKnish ShopLabor Day WeekendLarriland Farmslocal businesseslocal eventslocal farmslocal restaurantslocal storesLohr's OrchardlunchM&M RestaurantMarchmarylandMaryland Food BankMaryland Zoomemorial daymindfulness and mimosasMonarchmonarch eventsMonarch Waugh ChapelmoviesNando's Peri PeriNational Fajita DayNational HarborNational Ice Cream DayNational Love Your Pet Daynational night outNational Red Wine Daynaturenew year's evenyeOctoberoktoberfestopen houseorganizationoutdoor activitiesoutdoorsparty hostingpastapersonal trainerspersonal trainingPetspicnic foodprospective residentspubpumpkinpumpkin patchesQuerétaroravensreadingredskinsresident appreciation dayresident eventsresolutionsresourcesRestaurantsretailRosh HashanahrutabagaShenandoah National Parkshop smallShoppingShoreline Seafoodsmall business saturdaysmoothiespring cleaningSt. Patricks DaystarbucksstudiossummerSunrise Farmtailgatetakeouttaste of monarchThai at Waugh ChapelThanksgivingThe Essen RoomThe Kosher Pastry OvenThe Parkway DelitipstravelTurkeyValentine's Dayviewsvirtualvirtual eventsvirtual workoutsvolunteerwalk in the parkWaugh Chapel Shopping CenterWaugh Chapel Towne CentreWeber's Peachberry FarmweekWegmanswellnesswine barswinterworkoutworld book dayyogaYom Kippur