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By Cara Beth Lewis

Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September, is a day to appreciate American workers. In the 19th century, activists pushed for a federal holiday to appreciate their efforts and contributions as workers, and that is how Labor Day came to be. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882. This year, Labor Day will occur on September 6th, 2021.

Workers help make the world go ‘round. Each duty is significant, no matter how big or small they may seem. American labor is to thank for production, goods, services, and prosperity in the United States.

The US Department of Labor states, “American labor has raised the nation’s standard of living and contributed to the greatest production the world has ever known, and the labor movement has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.”

To many Americans, Labor Day symbolizes the end of Summer, and is celebrated with parties, parades, and festivals.

Remember, America doesn’t work without workers!

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