Labor Day

Child carries American flag

Labor Day, a federal holiday that honors the social and economic achievements of American workers, is Monday, Sept. 4, this year.

“The Postal Service is proud to observe Labor Day,” said PMG Megan J. Brennan. “We take special pride in honoring the dedication and hard work of the many postal employees who help our organization continue its core mission of binding the nation.”

The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in September 1882. As the trade union and labor movements grew, other industrial centers across the nation began celebrating a holiday to honor workers.

In 1894, during a period of labor strife, President Cleveland signed legislation that established Labor Day as a national holiday.

Today, Labor Day is marked in many communities with parades, rallies and other activities that salute workers. The holiday is also seen as the unofficial end of summer.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s site has more information, including a history of the holiday.