Labor Day is celebrated every year with a ton of sales and shopping discounts driving people to make the most of the national holiday. Generally considered to be the holiday that indicates the end of the year’s summer, Labor Day is so much more than just that. Read all about Labor Day 2022, when it comes this year and why we celebrate the holiday.
It is a day that recognizes the contributions and hard work that American workers put in all throughout the year. It also highlights the struggle for recognition of workers’ rights. Learning more about the day’s history may help you celebrate it better this year.
Labor Day in 2022
So, when is Labor Day in 2022? This year, Labor Day is scheduled for Monday, September 5. This will be the holiday’s 140th anniversary, and Americans all over the country are getting ready to celebrate it over the entire weekend.
The national holiday is not celebrated on the same date every year, so you’ve got to be careful when you make your travel or other plans in advance. Labor Day always falls on the first Monday of every September, but the date differs every year. So be sure to check your calendar while making your weekend plans.
Why is Labor Day celebrated?
Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. Other states soon followed with their own ways of celebrating the day until it was officially declared a federal holiday in 1894.
Labor Day is celebrated to commemorate and honor the efforts and contributions of the laboring class. It upholds their rights including 40-hour work weeks, fair working environments and access to sick leaves, among others. The day is set apart to recognize the men and women who give their everything to make the country prosperous.
Labor Day is different from May Day. May Day is celebrated mostly by countries in Asia along with France and Greece as International Workers’ Day. It celebrates the contributions of workers all over the world. It acknowledges their difficulties and advocates for better labor laws and working conditions internationally. While many people in the United States recognize May Day as well, the government recognizes only Labor Day.