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Labor Day in the United States

Labor Day is on the first Monday of September every year. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor unions' strengths of and contributions to the United States' economy.

Man dressed in a suit lying down relaxing on a lawn with his head resting on his arms.
Labor Day is a day off in the US.
Labor Day is a day of rest for many Americans.
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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 American football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the season during Labor Day weekend.

Public Life

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, 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. 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 Day

The 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, and not on May 1, which is common in the rest of the world, was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

About Labor Day in other countries

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Labor Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonSep 62010Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 52011Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 32012Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 22013Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 12014Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 72015Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 52016Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 42017Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 32018Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 22019Labor DayFederal Holiday 
MonSep 72020Labor DayFederal Holiday 

Quick Facts

Labor 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 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019


Name in other languages

Labor DayEnglish
Día del TrabajoSpanish
יום העבודהHebrew
عيد العمالArabic
노동절 (미국)Korean
Arbeidernes dagNorwegian
Tag der ArbeitGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in September 2018 in the United States

Fun Holiday on September 3, 2018

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