Good Question - What Is The Origin Of Labor Day?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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A viewer wants to know, "Why do we celebrate Labor Day?" Good question.

Labor Day is well over 100 years old. This "day off for working citizens" was born in 1882 and adopted by the Central Labor Union of New York City. Two years later, it became a federal holiday.

In the very beginning, it was a day to recognize the strength of labor organizations. Unions. But in the early 1900s, it evolved to focus more on the economic and civil significance.

The first Monday of September is viewed as a day of rest, and of all the American holidays, this one is pretty low-key.

It's also a holiday with great tradition. Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association have held their annual telethon on Labor Day since 1966.

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