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Labor Day Facts

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

1. The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.

2. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.

3. Labor Day started as a part of the labor union movement, to recognize the contributions of men and women in the US workforce, but modernly is seen as a chance to celebrate the last weekend of summer.

4. Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century.

5. The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.

6. There is still a Labor Day parade in New York City, which takes place throughout the 20 blocks north of the 1882 labor march.

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