Legal public holiday. Public Law 90 363 sets Labor Day on the first Monday in September. Observed in all states. First observance was a parade on Tuesday, Sept 5, 1882, at New York, NY, probably organized by Peter McGuire, a Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners secretary. In 1883a union resolution declared the first Monday in September of each year a Labor Day. By 1893 more than half of the states were observing Labor Day on one or another day and a bill to establish Labor Day as a federal holiday was introduced in Congress. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday for federal employees and the District of Columbia. Canada also celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday in September. In most other countries, Labor Day is observed May 1. Read more at http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm.
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