Labor Day Facts

Facts about Labor Day

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a day set aside on the first Monday in September to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States since 1894.

Facts about Labor Day

Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday in 1887

President Grover Cleveland and the U.S. Congress made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894

In many other countries, May Day (May 1st) is the day working people are honored, though the date of 1 May was chosen because the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of 1 May 1886

By the time the holiday was officially signed in law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, 23 states already had their own celebrations

A fashion tradition is never to wear white after Labor day. White clothing is usually worn in the summer to keep cool and Labor Day marks the end of summer.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons

Labor Day has become an important weekend for retail sales, said to be second only to Black Friday in sales. Ironically this means more than 24 percent of all workers in the U.S. (retail workers) may work harder and longer on Labor Day

New York has the highest union membership rate at 24.7 percent; South Carolina has the lowest rate at 2.1 percent

About 75 percent of Americans say they plan to keep working after age 65

The United States has no statutory minimum paid vacation or paid public holidays. The decision is left with employers to offer any such benefits.

214 million Americans (67 percent) plan to grill out this year on Labor Day while 115 million Americans (36 percent) plan to watch a movie at a theater or at home

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