is labor day a holiday ?

Labor Day is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September in the United States to honor and appreciate the American labor movement and the laborers' contributions to the nation's growth and successes.

It coincides with Labor Day Weekend, a three-day weekend.

As the labor and trade union organizations emerged starting in the late 19th century, trade unionists urged that a day be designated to honor labor.

The Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who planned the inaugural procession in New York City, supported "Labor Day."

The first state in the union to declare it a public holiday was Oregon in 1887.

Thirty states in the United States had adopted Labor Day as a legal holiday by the time it became a federal holiday in 1894.

Labor Day is also observed in Canada on the first Monday in September.

On May 1, the historic European festival known as May Day, more than 80 nations mark International Workers' Day.

The Second International of socialist and communist organizations decided on May Day as a way to remember the Haymarket event, which took place in Chicago on May 4, 1886.

As the trade union and labor movements evolved starting in the late 19th century, various trade unionist organizations decided on various days to commemorate work. Labor Day was initially suggested as a national holiday in the US in the early 1880s.

One early account of Labor Day claims that the holiday was inspired by the General Assembly of the Knights of Labor, which met in New York City in September 1882.

Many American merchants now consider Labor Day to be a crucial weekend for sales and promotions, particularly for back-to-school purchases. Second only to Black Friday during the holiday season, according to some businesses, it is one of the biggest sale days of the year.