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Labor Day Lesson

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Labor Day is on the first Monday in September. It is an American holiday to honor working people. It was started in 1882 by the Central Labor Union as a day off for the "working man". Before World War I, Labor Day celebrations often included pro-union demonstrations and parades. Labor Day is a federal holiday, so banks, post offices, schools, most businesses, and some stores are closed. The holiday marks the end of summer vacation for many students. Labor Day is celebrated in the United States with parades, picnics, festivals, and sports. It is the symbolic end of summer, which ends in September. (3 page lesson)


Various Types of Workers
Various Workers

When is Labor Day?

It is on the first Monday in September.

Many workers get Labor Day off with pay because it is a holiday.


Construction Worker
Construction Worker

What is Labor Day?

It is a federal holiday to honor working people.

Government offices, post offices, schools, and many businesses are closed on Labor Day.


Labor Day Worksheets

Family BBQ Read Aloud

Potato Salad Worksheet

Labor Day Vocabulary

Vocabulary Answer Key