How Much Do You Know About Labor Day? A Quiz

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While life in plague times is difficult, people still love the idea of a three-day holiday like Labor Day.

Labor Day is about enjoying a day off of work … while still getting getting paid as if one was still working that day. Labor Day is an all-inclusive holiday not affiliated with any religion. It honors the importance of anyone who works, or has ever worked, regardless of race, creed, color, belief or sex.  There are quite a few things many folks don't know about Labor Day. 

Take this fun Labor Day quiz, then read the answers to see how much you know...or don't know...about Labor Day.

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1. The first Labor Day was held in

a) 1900 in Chicago

b) 1929 in San Francisco

c) 1882 in New York

d) 1899 in Washington, DC

2. Labor Day was initiated by

a) Matthew Maguire

b) Peter McGuire

c) Tobey Maguire

d) Gilligan McGuire

3. The first Labor Day participants received the following for participating:

a) A full day’s paycheck

b) A kick in the pants

c) No paycheck

d) A half-day’s paycheck


4. Labor Day was first celebrated by

a) Drinking all day and getting paid for it

b) a parade and a picnic in the park

c) Listening to a speech about workers and the economy, a parade, and special coupons for laborers (the first “Labor Day sale”) given out at a picnic in the park

d) Attending the events in the morning and going back to work in the afternoon

(Results at the end of the story)

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Did you know that participants in the first Labor Day in 1882 had to forego either a half-day’s or full day’s pay to be allowed to participate?

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday again one year later, again on September 5th.

Two different people with similar sounding names are reported to have "founded" the holiday.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first to suggest a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

Other recent research shows that Matthew Maguire, proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

By 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as official event's annual holiday. The Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other U.S. cities to join New York in celebrating a "workingmen's holiday" on that date.

By 1894, 23 of the then-38 United States had adopted the holiday in honor of workers. On June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

The form of observance and celebration of Labor Day today is almost the same as the first celebration: a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, and a festival or picnic for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday.

In 1909, the American Federation of Labor convention voted to make the Sunday preceding Labor Day as Labor Sunday. Labor Sunday is dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The U.S. labor force added materially to a high standard of living and production, bringing us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. 

It’s only fair and right that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.


After reading the article you now know the answers, but just in case:

  1. C
  2. A and/or B
  3. C
  4. B and/or D

For those that are curious to learn more about Labor Day, here are links to resources used and other sites from the U.S. Department of Labor:

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Comments (4)

June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Hi Michelle, I missed the first one but got the other 3.  Thanks for sharing this great information.

Sep 02, 2021 08:58 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michelle.

Another post I'm going to use for a future post of my own.  Thanks

Sep 03, 2021 12:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Michelle. Must say I got all four right when I saw your answers. Must alos say I was not 100% positive of my answers. Now I know for sure. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Sep 03, 2021 05:24 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hi all,

Happy early Labor Day weekend! Thanks for playing!

Sep 03, 2021 12:30 PM