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Labor Day is a Federal Holiday
Federal holidays are designated by Congress in Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. § 6103).

What is the origin of Labor Day?
Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create "a day off for the working citizens". - Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894.  All fifty states have made Labor Day a state holiday.


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What is this holiday for?
Today, Labor Day is often regarded as a day of rest and, compared to the May 1 Labour Day celebrations in most countries, parades, speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key, although especially in election years, events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer. Some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school. However, as of late, schools have begun well before Labor Day, as early as the July 24 in many urban districts, including major southern cities in the United States such as Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. In addition, Labor Day marks the beginning of the season for the National Football League and NCAA College Football. The NCAA usually plays their first games the weekend of Labor day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.

Labor Day Originally
Labor Day was originally meant as a day to honor and exhibit the American spirit through it's hard working people via the labor unions. Labor Day now is a Holiday set aside to honor all workers and is no longer a labor union issue but is celebrated every year on the first Monday in September. Labor Day is considered a workingman's holiday.

Pattern of Celebration
The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labor Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.

End of Summer
Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.

In the U.S. most school districts that started summer vacation in early June will resume school the day after this day (see First Day of School), while schools that had summer vacation begin on the Saturday before Memorial Day in late May will have already been in session since late August. However this tradition is changing as many school districts end in early June and begin mid-August.

What Labor Day means to most
Labor Day is always celebrated on the first Monday in September. In America, Labor Day Holiday usually marks the end of Summer Vacation and the time to get back to school and get ready for the cool snap in the weather. The beach season has ended and most everyone's family vacations have ended as well.

Labor Day for us means the last long weekend to enjoy outdoor cookouts (grilling BBQ) with the family and the last time to wear those shorts and tank tops before Mom packs them away until next summer. Many families actually pack up all their grill supplies after the Labor Day weekend and bring out the fall decorations in it's place.

Bales of hay and pinestraw start to fill front yards in September along with other decorations like pumpkins, gourds and fall wreaths on doors. Fall wouldn't be be same if we didn't have our ever so popular scarecrows to decorate the porch either.

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