Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 5th.

  • The History of Labor Day — How we came to celebrate this holiday
  • The Origins of Labor Day — From PBS NewsHour
  • Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day — From the How Stuff Works website
  • Labor Day — The origins of the holiday that celebrates the successes of the labor movement. Includes labor leaders and history, with images and video, from the History Channel.
  • The Way We Worked — An online exhibit by the National Archives documenting the evolution of work in the United States
  • Labor Sings — A collection of classic labor songs, including lyrics and audio files from the Labor Arts Website. Some songs were recorded by the Almanac Singers, founded in 1941 by Pete Seeger, Lee Hayes and Millard Lampell. Have a listen!
  • U.S. Labor And Industrial History World Wide Web Audio Archive — A collection of sound files from the Department of History University at Albany, State University of New York

Labor Day Events

  • Boston Labor Day Events Guide 2016 — The Boston Discovery Guide’s recommended Labor Day activities and events in Boston
  • Labor Day — More Labor Day events and activities in and around Boston from the MassVacation web site

Labor Day for Kids