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1. Labor Day began with the labor movement.

2. The first Labor Day parade in the United States took place in New York City.

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3. The first state to recognize Labor Day was Oregon.

4. We still don’t really know who came up with the idea of Labor Day.

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5. By the time it was recognized as a national holiday, Labor Day was already celebrated in most states.

6. Labor Day was the seventh public holiday signed into law in the United States.

7. We may owe Labor Day's widespread adoption to a Pullman train company boycott.

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8. Labor Day was almost celebrated on May 1.

9. Ultimately, the May 1 date was abandoned for fear of socialist and anarchist movements.

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10. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in the United States.

Bonus: Why aren’t you supposed to wear white after Labor Day?

Published on 29 Aug 2019