PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. – Labor Day for most means the unofficial end of summer with cookouts, sunshine and one more day off work to relax, but the meaning behind Labor Day and its beginning is most likely unknown to many.
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, it’s still unknown who truly first proposed the holiday – Peter J. McGuire or Matthew Maguire, according to the Unites States Department of Labor .
Some records state that McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to suggest a day to honor the contributions of workers in the U.S.
Other records state that Maguire, a machinist, and later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, New Jersey, proposed Labor Day in 1882 to the Central Labor Union in New York, who later adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic. The first Labor Day was observed on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City.
To read about the full history of Labor Day click
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.