Is Labor Day a Federal or National Holiday?

Is labor day a federal or a national holiday?
Why is Labor Day celebrated every year? I know that people is not supposed to go to work but what are we exactly celebrating on this holiday?
I don't know much about the history of Labor Day. When was labor day declared a holiday?

asked by Rupert in Holidays | 2242 views | 09-06-2010 at 02:58 PM

Labor day is a federal holiday.
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.
The date of Labor Day was deliberately selected to fall between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The holiday was suggested by Peter J. McGuire, a New York City carpenter and a founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and by Matthew Maguire, a Paterson, New Jersey machinist. They strongly believed that American workers should have a holiday similar to those of other countries.

answered by Pianist | 09-06-2010 at 02:59 PM

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