Labor Day is a day that honors workers. America normally celebrates with a three-day weekend and many people enjoy hot dogs, barbecues, water balloon fights, and parades – but this year is a little different due to the Coronavirus.
Who Done It?
Nobody knows who to thank for this Monday holiday – a McGuire or a Maguire. Peter J. McGuire was a carpenter. Some records name him as the first person to suggest a day to honor laborers.
The challenger, Matthew Maguire, was a machinist (someone who uses machine tools to make metal parts). Some say Maguire invented the holiday in 1882.
How Was It Done?
New York City held the first Labor Day on September 5, 1882. New York was the first to celebrate the event, but Oregon was the first state to pass a law officially recognizing the holiday, in 1887. By 1894, 23 other states had taken up the celebration. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law to make the first Monday in September a national holiday.