What is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it?

Labor Day, for many Americans, is a three-day weekend that marks the end of the summer and the start of the school year.

However, Labor day is actually a holiday observed on the first Monday in September.

It celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers.

The holiday has deep roots that go back to the late 19th century,

Labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the contributions of workers towards the strength, prosperity and well-being of America.

In 1882, Peter J McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters, suggested a "general holiday for the laboring classes".

However, some believe that machinist Matthew Maguire founded the holiday.

Interestingly, Maguire and McGuire both attended the country’s first Labor Day parade in New York City that year.