The History Behind Labor Day

Post by Camila da Paz | Source: The Conversation


The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it.

Hey guys, Happy Labour Day Weekend! With this important holiday just around the corner, I would like to honor the spirit of this day and not talk about work in this post. Instead, let's dig a little bit into the history behind this National Holiday, shall we?


Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday held the first Monday every September. Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for shopping and barbecuing. For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of the school year.

The holiday’s founders in the late 1800s envisioned something very different from what the day has become. They were looking for two things: a means of unifying union workers and a reduction in work time.