How Labor Day Became a National Holiday

September 3, 2004

Labor Day became a national holiday in an election year, 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed the legislation making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.  (He was not reelected). You can read about the “turbulent circumstances” leading up to the signing of the legislation at PBS’ A NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Transcript. You can also check out the Department of Labor’s site on the History of Labor Day.

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