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 just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

We hope you have a wonderful break from work this weekend to enjoy your family and spend time outdoors and if you are lucky enough to be retired we hope you spend time reflecting on how you have spent your time working over the years. Whether you raised a family, worked for a company or were a trailblazer, have a great weekend!

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