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Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American Labor Movement and is a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday celebrates the working class contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day is usually celebrated with summer activities - swimming, camping, picnics, parades, etc. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer. In the United States, many school districts resume classes around the Labor Day holiday weekend. Most begin the week before, making Labor Day weekend the first three-day weekend of the school calendar, while others return the Tuesday following Labor Day, allowing families one final getaway before the school year begins.

Labor Day became an official national holiday in 1894.

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