Basic Labor Day Facts
What is the very basic fact about Labor Day?
Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss basic Labor Day facts.It's Labor Day at home school, and it's time to learn some basic facts and quiz on those facts. So, let's start with the very basic, basic fact: Labor Day is the first Monday in September. Labor Day is a day of tribute to the American Worker, and when your students ask you who founded Labor Day, you can tell them it's either Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the AFL, or Matthew Maguire, a machinist.History is unclear. Labor Day was first celebrated September 5th, 1882, and later changed to be celebrated on Mondays. Oregon was the first state to celebrate, in 1887.Looking for ways to quiz your students? Ask them which state first celebrated Labor Day, or give them a multiple choice selection. Next, ask your students on what day did Congress make Labor Day a legal holiday? The answer: June 28th, 1894. And don't be afraid to tie in outside basic facts relating to Labor Day, such as information relating to the first American strike. The first American strike recorded in history is when Maine fishermen went on strike in 1836. Their bosses were refusing to pay them their proper salary. Also in 1836, American workers began calling for the institution of the 8-hour workday, a cornerstone of the modern work environment.Now it's time to do some quizzes, bullet points, word searches, and even crafts with your students, now that you're armed with the basic facts about Labor Day. Consider making picket signs with your students and going on a pretend labor strike.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.