For most of us, Monday will be a day off. It’s Labor Day, a federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of America’s 153.2 million workers. Schools will be closed, as will government offices, banks and many other businesses.
Labor Day’s roots extend back to Sept. 5, 1882, when American labor leader Peter J. McGuire organized the first parade of about 10,000 workers in New York City. The Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary was inspired after seeing a labor festival in Canada.