Labor Day 2019 is the 125
year that Labor Day has been considered a national holiday. The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City by the Central Labor Union. It was not until June 28, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland signed a law to observe the first Monday of each year as a national holiday. Labor Day provides an opportunity for many people to have the day off work, cookout on the grill and mark the end of the summer months. Others may recognize the importance of the holiday as a celebration of the American laborer. Since the late 1800s when Labor Day was first celebrated, the significance of Labor Day has evolved. In 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation on Labor Day and discussed what he considered to be an economic crisis at the time due to “inflation” and how it would impact the cost of living. He was especially considered with fighting inflation at that time due to the cost of the war efforts. Have a safe and happy Labor Day.