The United States observes Labor Day on the first Monday of every September. Monday marks the 118th celebration of the federal holiday, but its roots actually date back to Sept. 5, 1882, when the Central Labor Union held a parade and festival in New York City. The holiday eventually spread throughout the states until becoming a national observance in 1894.
Today, Labor Day for many is less a time to reflect on workers rights and the labor movement and more of a chance to mark the unofficial end of summer. But Labor Day has a fascinating and compelling history. Here are some places to learn more.
The U.S. Census Bureau has a page that provides the nitty-gritty on Labor Day statistics.
Finally, Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History: Anniversary Edition," contributed this article to CNN.