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History of Labor Day for Kids

Do you know the history of Labor day?

It is more than “unofficial end of summer”. It is a tribute to the contributions of workers that have made our country so great!

Peter J McGuire, A Carpenter and labor union leader came up with the idea in 1882 in New York City. However, some people say that it was Matthew Maguire in 1886 in Chicago. It is always celebrated on the first Monday in September and is a federal holiday.

During the 1800s, many Americans worked 12 hours or more in rough conditions for little pay. Even children worked. Workers did not get sick days or health benefits. Workers orgnized into unions and protested poor and unsafe conditions. This move to recognize the worker with a holiday began in the state governments. It then moved to US congress which created the federal holiday on June 28th, 1894 which designated the first Monday In September as Labor Day.

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