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The History of Labor Day

Labor Day is the celebration of the value and dignity of work, and its role in the American way of life. There is some mystery as to the originator, however we do know that the first Labor Day holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union and celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. By June of 1894, President Grover Cleveland had signed legislation making the first Monday in September a legal holiday. Labor Day continues to be an important holiday for Labor Unions.

Traditionally, Springfield citizens celebrate Labor Day with parades and picnics. This year is no exception. Springfield's annual Labor Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday. Visit the News-Leader website for the parade route and more information.

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