Labor Day 2024

Until Labor Day are 101 days, ie 3 months and 9 days.

In 2024 Labor Day is on 2nd September (Monday).

Labor Day is a holiday observed in different countries around the world. It is celebrated on different dates, but many countries connect it with the International Workers’ Day on May 1. In the United States, however, Labor Day is the first Monday of September. The whole long weekend is often called Labor Day Weekend. The date is different than in most parts of the world, because Americans needed a holiday in a long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

The idea of establishing a labor holiday started to spread in the late 19th century, when different labor groups and movements started to think of a day for celebrating labor. In September, 1882, the Central Labor Union (CLU) staged a parade in which different labor organizations took part. One thesis says that it was Matthew Maguire, the secretary of the CLU, who first proposed the first Monday of September to be annually observed as Labor Day. An alternative assumption is connected with another person – Peter J. McGuire, a Vice President of the American Federation of Labor. Various sources claim that it was his idea to hold a street parade in 1882, and that he suggested the perfect date for the public holiday – the first Monday of September. This is why McGuire is often considered to be the father of Labor Day in the United States.

The first state to officially accept Labor Day as a public holiday in 1887 was Oregon. Thirty other states followed, but already in 1894 it became an official federal holiday. It did not, however, mean that all workers had a day off on the first Monday of September. At first, Labor Day was only a holiday for federal workers. More or less thirty years later workers started to strike, encouraged by unions, in order to have a day off.

The holiday is federal, so all schools, Government offices and many businesses are closed. In the first years of celebrating Labor Day it was quite common to make speeches by prominent Americans. Nowadays this practice is sometimes noticed in the election years. Many people use the long weekend as a chance for the last summer trip or the last party before school. Sometimes Americans even make some small firework displays or sports events. An American worker is in the United States considered to be the cocreator of the strength of the nation, so Labor Day aims at honoring the achievements of American workers.

Other years

Day of the weekDateName of holiday
Monday5th September 2022Labor Day 2022
Monday4th September 2023Labor Day 2023
Monday1st September 2025Labor Day 2025
Monday7th September 2026Labor Day 2026
Monday6th September 2027Labor Day 2027
Monday4th September 2028Labor Day 2028
Monday3rd September 2029Labor Day 2029

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