The first US observance of Labor Day came in the form of a parade. Sponsored by the Central Labor Union, On September 5th, 1882 ten thousand workers paraded through New York City. This is commonly considered the first observance of Labor Day in America.
What was so outrageous at the time to spur ten thousand people to parade through NYC? A 84+ hour workweek! In the late 19th century, it was not uncommon for an average worker to spend 12-16 hours per day, 7 days per week laboring!! Often, in very harsh conditions. The first Labor Day rally was held in order to gain support for an 8 hour workday and more humane and suitable work environments.
Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!