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Topics in Chronicling America - Labor Day

"Labor's Monster Parade! The First Workingmen's Holiday to be Fitly Observed!" In 1894, following several years of individual city parades and celebrations, Congress declared the first Monday of September to be Labor Day, an unprecedented holiday dedicated to the working man. 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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