When is Labor Day in 2019?

Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day is the legal holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canal Zone, and the Virgin Islands. Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2, 2019

Canada also celebrates Labor Day 2019 on the same day.

What does labor day mean

In European countries, China and other parts of the world, the first day in May Day, May is a holiday to celebrate workers and labor unions. Before becoming an international labor holiday, May Day was the spring festival and summer’s promise.

For most people, Labor Day means two things: one day leave and a chance to say goodbye to summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day that is kept separate for giving tribute to working men and women. It is celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor Day is different in every required way from any other holiday of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, the founder and long-time president of the American Federation of Labor. “All other holidays are related to the struggles and battles of man’s skill over human beings in more or less degrees, of discord and discord for greed and power, of the glory achieved by one nation on another … Labor Day … Labor Not dedicated to the day, living or dead for any sect, race, or nation.

Who started the labor day?

Like most cultural events, there is still some doubt about its origins. Some records show that Peter J. McGayer, Secretary-General of Brotherhood of Carpenter and Joiners and one of the founder of the American Federation of Labor, was suggesting for the first time a day for respect for working men and women. But many people believe that Matthew Maguire, a mechanist, and not Peter McGuire, established the holiday.

Recent research seems to support this dispute that Matthew Maguire proposed a holiday in 1882 working as Secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. It is, however, obvious that the Union Workers Union adopted the Labor Day Proposal and appointed a committee for planning and planning for picnics.

First labor day

According to the plans of the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City.

In 1884, the first Monday was selected as a holiday in September, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate that date as “the holiday of those who work”. This idea spread with the development of labor organizations, and in 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

In the United States, governmental recognition came first through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. The first state bill was introduced in the New York legislature, but the first law was passed on 21 February 1887 by Oregon to become law. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted a holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress gave a legal holiday in the Columbia District and areas on the first Monday of September each year.

History of Labor Day

Labor Day 2018

On Labor Day 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. 

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887 four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day paradeLabor Day is a United States national holiday, honoring working people, their contributions, achievements and sacrifices in pursuit of national prosperity and well-being. It is held annually on the first Monday of September. Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2, 2019

As part of the Labor Day celebrations, street parades are held all over the country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

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 1894 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 1895 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

A Nationwide Holiday

Women's Auxiliary Typographical Union

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

When is …?Date     Day of the week     
Labor Day 2014     September 1, 2014     Monday     
Labor Day 2015     September 7, 2015     Monday     
Labor Day 2016     September 5, 2016     Monday     
Labor Day 2017     September 4, 2017     Monday     
Labor Day 2018     September 3, 2018     Monday     
Labor Day 2019     September 2, 2019     Monday     
Labor Day 2020     September 7, 2020     Monday     
Labor Day 2021     September 6, 2021     Monday     
Labor Day 2022     September 5, 2022     Monday     
Labor Day 2023     September 4, 2023     Monday     
Labor Day 2024     September 2, 2024     Monday     

Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2, 2019

Sources: US Department of Labor, PBS, US Census