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When is Labor Day 2016?  And what is the meaning of Labor Day? Find out from The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Labor Day Meaning and 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. 

Traditionally, Labor Day consists of barbecues, camping, and preparing for the new school year. Check out some of the Almanac’s great nature links to guide you in your outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, and weather watching. Labor Day weekend is even included in the Almanac’s list of best days for fishing!

Then, get that grill sizzling with some of our grilling tips and recipes to help you celebrate!

Labor Day Dates: When Is Labor Day?

Year Labor Day
2016 Monday, September 5
2017 Monday, September 4
2018 Monday, September 3

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