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When was Labor Day first celebrated?

The holiday paying tribute to the nation's workers was first celebrated by the Central Labor Union in New York City in 1882, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. By 1885, the first Monday in September was a "workingman's holiday" in many industrial centers, and its appeal grew steadily. In 1894 with 23 states already observing Labor Day Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.


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