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Topics in Chronicling America - Labor Day

"Labor's Monster Parade! The First Workingmen's Holiday to be Fitly Observed!". Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • September 5, 1882. The first Labor Day holiday, planned by of the Central Labor Union, is celebrated on a Tuesday in New York City.
  • June 28, 1894. Congress enacts a law to make Labor Day a national holiday, to be observed the first Monday in September.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] labor holiday, labor day, parade, union.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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