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Sep 7, 2015 3:28 PM

Brief history of Labor Day


CONCORD – Labor Day is often the unofficial end of summer and marks the beginning of a new school year around the country.

But, Labor Day’s historical lesson is not always something taught in school.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, according to the Department of Labor.

The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886.

These ordinances developed a movement to secure state legislation.

New York, Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey were the first states to adapt Labor Day as a holiday. Within 10 years, 23 other states adopted the holiday in honor of workers.

In 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.

Today, thousands of Americans throughout the country have the day off of work to celebrate their hard work.


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