12th Oct 2015 | by: Terri Diliberto
Labor Day is often referred to as the unofficial end of summer. Here are some fun facts about the holiday that you may not have known.
- Labor Day celebrates the achievements and contributions of the more than 150 million men and women in the U.S. workforce.
- The first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. Some 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched in a parade to demand rights for works.
- At the time of the first Labor Day, the average American worked 12-hour days, seven days a week to survive. Children as young as five years old worked in factories and mines to help support their families
- Labor Day was designated a federal holiday in 1894
- The eight-hour workday was established by law in 1916 for private companies.