Labor Day in the United States
Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.
Celebrate Labor Day
Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii, where celebrations include lei-making competitions, concerts, as well as giving and receiving leis to friends and family.
Public LifeLabor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized, but they are usually low key events. For many teams, it is the start of the football season. As it is the last chance for many people to take summer trips, there may be some congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not usually operate on their regular timetables.
About Labor DayThe first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
About Labor Day in other countriesRead more about Labor Day.
Labor Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Mon||Sep 6||2010||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 5||2011||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 3||2012||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 2||2013||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 1||2014||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 7||2015||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 5||2016||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 4||2017||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 3||2018||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 2||2019||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Sep 7||2020||Labor Day||Federal Holiday|
Quick FactsLabor Day is a federal holiday in the United States. It gives workers a day of rest and it celebrates their contribution to the American economy.
Labor Day 2016Monday, September 5, 2016
Labor Day 2017Monday, September 4, 2017
Name in other languages
|Día del Trabajo||Spanish|
|Tag der Arbeit||German|
- Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 4, 2016
- Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- Boss's Day – Monday, October 17, 2016
Other holidays in September 2016 in the United States
- California Admission Day – Friday, September 9, 2016
- Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day – Saturday, September 10, 2016
- Patriot Day – Sunday, September 11, 2016
- Eid al-Adha – Tuesday, September 13, 2016
- Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – Friday, September 16, 2016
- Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – Saturday, September 17, 2016
- Air Force Birthday – Sunday, September 18, 2016
- Emancipation Day – Thursday, September 22, 2016
- Native Americans' Day – Friday, September 23, 2016
- Gold Star Mother's Day – Sunday, September 25, 2016