When is Labor Day 2013? Here is a chart of the exact dates for 2013, 2014, and 2015.
When did Labor Day start? Why is it celebrated? Find out from the Almanac!
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Labor Day Dates
|2012||Monday, September 3|
|2013||Monday, September 2|
|2014||Monday, September 1|
|2015||Monday, September 7|
Labor Day History
Always the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew's idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. The date chosen was simply "convenient," according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. Although the day's focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the legal holiday still marks the end of summer and the traditional time for children to return to school.