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Americans celebrate Labor Day, Sept 4, 2017 Labor Day, the first Monday in September, which Americans will celebrate on this day in 2017, began as a series of individual state holidays In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official public holiday Linda Stinson, a former U

S Department of Labor historian, noted that around that time, New York, New Jersey and Colorado also approved it as a legal holiday On June 28, 1894 President Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, signed the bill into law Historians remember the walkout as having precipitated the Haymarket massacre, when federal troops and marshals gunned down the striking workers Some union officials advanced May 1 as an alternative date for the holiday

May Day, then as now, was celebrated throughout much of Europe as International Workers' Day Historians report that now, 130 years after the first Labor Day celebration, doubts persist on who first proposed the workers’ holiday 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 But others hold 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, What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and named a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept

5, 1882, in New York City, by the Central Labor Union It held its second observance on Sept 5, 1883 In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the best date to hold the holiday, where it has remained to this day

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