Sept. 3 – Labor Day

ryanBell Ringers, Government(BR)

Labor Day is the first Monday in September in the United States.

Labor Day became an official national holiday in the United States in 1894. While most countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1, government officials at the time feared that honoring workers on that day would turn it into a commemoration of the Haymarket Affair, a deadly bombing attack in May 1886 in Chicago during a labor demonstration.

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. As such, many states start school after Labor Day. Recently, standardized tests and year-round school calendars have moved the start date of school farther and farther forward.

In 2017, an icon of Labor Days past, Jerry Lewis died. From 1956 until 2011 Jerry Lewis hosted a highly successful telethon to raise awareness and money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Over the course of his life, Lewis raised several billion dollars for this cause.

  1. Is Labor Day the last day of summer? Should school start before Labor Day
  2. Why do you think the Soviet Union (and now Russia) celebrate International Workers’ Day with a military parade?
  3. Should the U.S. celebrate Labor Day on May 1, with much of the rest of the world? Are workers’ movements today international? Or local?

Image Citation:

30, Aug. 2018, Post Card for Celebrating Employees [Digital image]. Retrieved from <>.