Labor Day observers in Longview

Labor Day is a time that workers in the U.S. and their families enjoy a day of freedom from the toils of the earning a living day to day. It was a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

But surprisingly many don't even know what the holiday is about. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York city by members of the central labor union who called themselves the "Knights of Labor".

By 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.