By Diane Lyn

Did you know this about Labor Day?

The first Labor Day is believed to have been a parade on September 5, 1882, in New York City. About 20,000 attendees picnicked, smoked cigars, and listened to speeches by the union leadership in Union Square.

A bill to establish Labor Day as a holiday, was passed by Congress in 1894. President Grover Cleveland designated as the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

The modern Labor Day, is celebrated in the backyard over the grill, camping in the park or a day at the beach.

The first official NFL Kickoff game is always played on the first Thursday after Labor Day.

155.2 million Americans work, this averages out to: Age 16 or older in the nation’s labor force. As of 2012, 53% were men and 47% were women.



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