What is Labor Day?

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What is Labor Day?



Observed by

United States



Federal Holiday (federal government, DC and U.S. Territories); and State Holiday (in all 50 U.S. States)


First Monday in September

2011 date

September 5

2012 date

September 3

2013 date

September 2


Parades, barbecues

Related to

Labour Day


Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 3 in 2012) that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.


Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades, barbecues and athletic events.






The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.


The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.


Retail Sale Day


To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim it is the largest sale date of the year, second only to the Christmas season's Black Friday.


Paradoxically, because of the importance of the sale weekend, some of those who work in retail not only work on Labor Day, but work longer hours.


End of summer


Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white.


In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.


In the U.S., most school districts that started summer vacation in early June will resume school the day after this day (see First Day of School), while schools that had summer vacation begin on the Saturday before Memorial Day in late May will have already been in session since late August. However this tradition is changing as many school districts end in early June and begin mid-August.

Whatever reason you celebrate this day and whatever way you choose to celebrate, Please Be Safe!

Happy Labor Day from Rummy Dhanoa Real Estate Experts!



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Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions - Alpharetta, GA

Good comments.  It's become a holiday, but 99% of the people only see it as a day off and not the significance behind it.  Its the same with most of our holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc.  It's nice to step back and think about the idea behind the day itself.  Thanks

Aug 31, 2012 06:02 AM #1
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

I wonder how all those retail clerks feel about working long hours on Labor Day weekend? Hopefully we all get a moment to sit back and take in and be thankful for all that we have. Have a great weekend

Aug 31, 2012 11:48 PM #2
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