Labor Day is a legal holiday that honors working people and the labor movement. It is celebrated on the first Monday of September throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
Two men have been credited with suggesting the celebration of Labor Day in the United States: Mathew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, N.J., and Peter McGuire, a New York City Carpenter. Both played an important role in staging the first Labor Day parade in New York City in September 1882.
Nowadays Labor Day celebrations include parades and meetings by labor organizations, but for most people it is a day of rest and recreation. Occurring just before most of thr nation´s schools reopen, American families use the three-day weekend as a final summer vacation.