Labor Day is a holiday devoted to recognizing American workers and their contributions. The holiday grew out of protests against poor working conditions and long hours in the late 19th century.
During the industrial revolution workers typically worked 12-hour days in working conditions that were unsafe and unpleasant. Children even worked in many factories. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took the day off, unpaid, and marched in New York City, in what is considered the first Labor Day parade.
In 1894, twelve years later, the first Monday in September was declared for this national holiday.
Today, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer. To celebrate, people typically relax, spend time outdoors, and barbecue as the weather begins to cool off. There are also many Labor Day sales at stores and malls across the country.
Watch the video below to learn more about the history of Labor Day.