In 1887 Oregon became the first state of the United States to make Labor Day an official public holiday. The date had its origins at the 1885 convention of the American Federation of Labor, which passed a resolution calling for adoption of the eight hour day effective May 1, 1886.By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U. The proximity of the date to the bloody Haymarket affair of May 4, 1886, further accentuated May First's radical reputation.
In the United States, many school districts resume classes around the Labor Day holiday weekend (see First day of school).Allowing time for school children to show 4-H projects at the Fair has been given as one reason for this timing. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams usually play their first games that weekend and the National Football League (NFL) traditionally play their kickoff game the Thursday following Labor Day.The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race has been held on Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina from 1950 to 2003 and since 2015. Labor Day is the middle point between weeks one and two of the U. Open Tennis Championships held in Flushing Meadows, New York.At Indianapolis Raceway Park, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals of the NHRA U. In fashion, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day when it is acceptable to wear white To take advantage of large numbers of potential customers with time to shop, Labor Day has become an important weekend for discounts and allowances by many retailers in the United States, especially for back-to-school sales.Some retailers claim it is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season's Black Friday.Alternate stories of the event's origination exist.According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882.In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday.By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.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. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor."Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City.