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The first Labor Day celebration in the United States was held in 1882. Its origins are with the the Central Labor Union’s efforts to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894 – after over half the states had adopted the holiday.

It was originally intended that the day would begin with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. Following the parade, festivals were to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches on economic and labor issues.  The first Monday in September was selected for the holiday to add a holiday to the long gap between Independence Day on July 4th and Thanksgiving in late November.

Labor Day parade, marchers, New York 1909

Labor Day parade, marchers, New York 1909

Like on many American holidays, there are businesses and individuals who want to join in the celebration and recognition of the holiday, but they make the message so generic and inoffensive that there is nothing about the greeting or message that says anything about the holiday being referenced.  There is a common trend for social media and marketing people to just find an image that includes the American flag and add some text and post it to all their social media profiles.

But some organizations did a great job.