Labor Day is a much anticipated American holiday.

Occurring on the first Monday of every September, this federal holiday was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894.

The first Labor Day occurred in New York City in 1882. Borne from the strife experienced by the average American worker at that time in history, the final federal enactment of 1894 was signed after major labor strikes, which were caused in part by “the deaths of a number of workers.”

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