In what year did Labor Day first become a federal holiday?
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Labor Day was originally conceived in 1882 by a labor union in New York. On Tuesday, September 5,1882, workers in New York City held a large parade and a festival sponsored by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor. In 1884, the New Yorkers held a parade on the first Monday of September and proceeded to designated that day as the annual Labor Day. This ignited an effort by labor unions in other states to have their local state legislatures establish Labor Day as a legal holiday. Thirty-two states had declared Labor Day as a legal holiday by the time the holiday became a federal holiday on June 28, 1894, when signed into law by President Grover Cleveland.
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Guess a bigger question of the day might be whether or not it is okay to wear white after Labor Day? A question for another time....
Posted by Jeff Rae on Sep 01, 2011 at 4:02 PM