Happy Labor Day! 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day in the United States. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed an act making the first Monday in September each year a legal holiday dedicated to American workers.
Here, in a series of short clips, The History Channel takes a look at the origins of Labor Day, changing methods of manufacturing and legislative gains made by labor unions. While you take your three day weekend, remember those who struggled to get Friday and Saturday off.
An interesting fact on this Labor Day from the U.S. Census Bureau – About 20.6 million commuters leave for work between 7-7:29 a.m. Only 4.5 percent leave between midnight and 4:59 a.m.