Why Americans Need Labor Day and Reason US and Canada Celebrate It on a Different Day Than The Rest of the World

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Labor Day in the United States is celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. However, the rest of the world chose another date to commemorate the working class.

Nexter.org explains why it happened and the peculiarities of celebrating the Labor Day in America.

What’s the Labor Day?

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Source: theconversation.com

The Labor Day is a national holiday in the US that reminds Americans of the importance of workers’ rights and offers them a day of well-earned rest.

It was legally made a holiday in 1894 and only on 5 September 1882 the very first Labor Day parade was held in New York City, where 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square.

Today, speeches and parades are still held across the US, but for many, it is seen as a day off to spend with family.

Why do Americans celebrate Labor Day in September?

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Source: AP

That’s an interesting fact but Americans celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September while many other countries (more than 80, by the way) celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1.

So what’s wrong with the US? President Cleveland chose early September for America’s Labor Day specifically to avoid controversial for US date as 4 May 1886 a demonstration in support of workers turned into a riot after someone threw a bomb at police.

The difference in celebrating

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It’s not only the date that differ Americans from Europeans when it comes to celebrating the holiday.

In the US Labor Day is called the “unofficial end of summer” because it marks the end of the cultural summer season. Many take their two-week vacations during the two weeks ending Labor Day weekend.

In big cities, people try to go outside and enjoy beaches and barbecues over the Labor Day Weekend. There are also numerous events and activities organized in the cities. For example, New York offers Labor Day Carnival, fireworks over Coney Island, happy hours in restaurants, 12-hour dance parties, and many other activities.

In Washington, one popular event is the Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol featuring the National Symphony Orchestra with free attendance.

Other countries that honors Worker’s Day also have an official day off and usually spend it with family, going to picnics or to the parades and demonstrations.


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Why Americans Need Labor Day and Reasons US and Canada Celebrate It on a Different Day Than The Rest of the World
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Labor Day in the United States is celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. However, the rest of the world chose another date to commemorate the working class. Nexter.org explains why it happened and the peculiarities of celebrating the Labor Day in America.
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