Labor Day: A national tribute to the contributions of workers

Construction workers for the new 7-story patient tower at Inland Valley Hospital gather for a topping out ceremony. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Labor Day, the yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the United States on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City.
In 1887, Oregon became the first state to formally recognize Labor Day. By 1894, 31 of the then-44 states had made Labor Day a holiday when Congress passed a bill designating the first Monday in September a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and territories.