The Creation of Labor Day: A Brief History of the Labor Movement in the U.S.

Heavily involved in labor politics until the 1930s, striking garment workers were attacked by police in Chicago, Illinois in 1915. | Photo Courtesy: Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News Collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

In the United States, the first Monday of September marks Labor Day — and, for many of us, that's synonymous with a fun three-day weekend. While enjoying this end-of-summer break is a must if you have the privilege of taking time off, it's also important to understand the story behind the federal holiday. 

With this in mind, let's rewind the clock a bit and look into the history of the labor movement, which not only inspired this holiday, but made Labor Day something to celebrate beyond BBQs and beach days.