Labor Day 2018

Labor Day Meaning, History, Recipes

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When is Labor Day? Why do we observe Labor Day? Learn about the history of this holiday—and get our favorite recipe ideas for a final summer cookout!

What is Labor Day?

Always held on 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 holiday has become a way to mark the end of the summer season—and the start of the school year.

    When Is Labor Day?

    Year Labor Day
    2018 Monday, September 3
    2019 Monday, September 2
    2020 Monday, September 7

    Labor Day Recipes

    Traditionally, Labor Day consists of barbecues and time spent together with family. We’ve got some great recipe ideas below for this final summer weekend hurrah.

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    Summer Salsa Salad. Photo by vm2002.

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    Topless Pear Fig Pie. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.

    Also see our collections of grilling recipes and cold picnic recipes.

    Labor Day Fun

    Check out some of the Almanac’s great nature links to guide you in your outdoor activities, including camping and sky watching!

    Labor Day weekend can also be a great time to fish. See the Almanac’s best days for fishing!

    Do you do anything to celebrate Labor Day? Let us know in the comments below.

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