What is Labor Day?

Kurtis Quillin reports.

WACO - The first Monday in September is celebrated every year as Labor Day.

But where does the holiday come from?

In 1894, U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday after 28 states had already done so, the first of which being Oregon in 1887.

However, the first observance of Labor Day came in New York in 1882.  It wasn't until 1884 that it was moved to the first Monday in September.

More than 130 years later, though, there's still debate as to whether Peter McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, or Machinist Matthew Maguire was the first to suggest such a holiday.

Originally outlined to be celebrated with a parade celebrating the work of laborers and have a carnival for them and their families, many still keep the spirit of Labor Day and spend it with their families.

"It's just a day where we can come together, eat and just enjoy family time," Gaylon Barrett said.


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