Labor Day 2016
Millions of Americans will be celebrating Labor Day on Sept. 5, a day that marks the unofficial end of summer. It's celebrated with parades, parties and – of course – barbecues.
History of Labor
Labor Day was created by the labor movement in in the last of 19th century and became a federal holiday in year 1894. Labor Day came in the end of summer and it is a great occasion for many Americans, and Labor Day is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. So here in this simple post we cannot tell all the history of Labor Day, because the history of Labor Day is so deep.
Who founded Labor Day?
No one really knows who first suggested a day to celebrate American labor.Some believe it was Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor.
Others think it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, who founded the holiday.Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., reportedly proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York."The problem with declaring a single "founder" of Labor Day is that, at the time, no one realized that a new national holiday was being born.
It was only after the fact that people tried to pinpoint a single founding father," said Linda Stinson, a former U.S. Department of Labor's historian. "So the historical conundrum seems to hinge on the fact that the two names sound alike and were probably mixed up in the common consciousness. Toss in the years of bitter rivalry between the American Federation of Labor and the Knights of Labor and, of course, you're going to have multiple heroes emerging in the legend of Labor Day.".