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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.

  1. Labor Day celebrates the achievements and contributions of the more than 150 million men and women in the U.S. workforce.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Labor Day was designated a federal holiday in 1894
  5. The eight-hour workday was established by law in 1916 for private companies.