Labor Day (United States)

Labor Day, or Labour Day, is a federal public holiday in the United States, and it is observed on the first Monday of September each year.

Labor Day is a holiday to celebrate labor movement and workers' contributions to American development and achievements. Labor Day has its origins in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

In the 1800s, most workers had to work over 12 hours a day and 7 days a week to maintain a basic living, which led to the appearance of labor unions organizing strikes to improve the poor working conditions.

Many of the strikes turned violent at that time including the Haymarket Affair, which took place on May 4, 1886. The event started with a peaceful labor protest rally in support of the eight-hour workday near Chicago's Haymarket Square, and it turned into a riot when someone threw a bomb at police. At least seven police and four civilians died, and many were wounded. The Haymarket Affair is generally considered as the origin of Labor Day.

In many countries, Labor Day is observed on May 1 each year to collectively demonstrate and recognize the efforts of the past labor movements.

The following is the list of Labor Day in the United States from 2022 to 2026.

HolidayDateWeekday
Labor DaySep 05, 2022Monday
Labor DaySep 04, 2023Monday
Labor DaySep 02, 2024Monday
Labor DaySep 01, 2025Monday
Labor DaySep 07, 2026Monday

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