The States That Celebrated Labor Day First

The unofficial end of summer is upon us. For many, Labor Day serves as a long weekend and a last chance to experience the best summer has to offer with pool parties, cookouts, parades and more. While the first Labor Day parade occurred in New York City in 1882, states didn’t begin officially recognizing the holiday for a few more years. In 1887, New York state government passed a bill to establish the holiday, along with Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts and New Jersey. In the next few years, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania passed similar laws to adopt the holiday. In 1894, Congress passed a law to make the first Monday in September a national holiday, and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law on June 29, 1894.