Each year on the first Monday in September, our nation pays tribute to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership by honoring the American worker. The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.
Our first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. During this parade, there were 10,000 citizens that marched for labor rights down the streets of Manhattan. During this time the average American worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week (It wasn't until the Adamson Act passed on September 3, 1916 that the modern eight-hour work day was established). The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordnances passed in 1885 & 1886, in New York, and this day grew to become a federal holiday in 1894.
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