Labor Day Facts for Kids

Labor Day signifies a three-day weekend for many of us. It may mean an annual camping trip, barbecue, or pool day with friends and family. Whatever it is you’re doing this weekend, you’ve worked hard to deserve it! Last year we shared some Labor Day facts for kids, and we have some new ones to share this year. Read through them below and see if you learn anything new! Pick one or two facts and share them with your kids.

  1. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.
  2. 2021 marks the 127th official Labor Day in the United States.
  3. In the 19th century, Americans worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  4. Many of these workers were even children as young as 5 years old, who would work in mines or factories.
  5. In 1916, the Adamson Act established an 8-hour work day.
  6. On Labor Day we celebrate all the men and women working in America, all 155 million of them!
  7. Labor Day is celebrated on the same day in Canada as well.
  8. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Labor Day is the end of hot dog season.
  9. At least 20,000 people attended the first Labor Day celebration in New York City in 1882. The event celebrated union workers.

Thank you to all the amazing men and women who work so hard to make the world go round.