Americans celebrate Labor Day as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the United States. Labor Day has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894.
The idea of a holiday celebrating workers was proposed in the late 1800s by the Central Labor Union. The idea quickly spread with the growth of labor organizations, and by 1885, many cities and industrial centers celebrated workers' holidays. The workers' unions decided to make Labor Day the first Monday of September, because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Although many people simply use Labor Day as a way to mark the end of summer, Labor Day celebrations still often feature parades and speeches featuring union officials, industrialists and educators.