The history of Labor Day in America began with a Labor Day celebration in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. New York had a second Labor Day the following year, also on September 5. In 1884, a New York City labor union proposed the first Monday in September; and by the next year many large American cities were celebrating Labor Day.
The first Labor Day celebrations included a parade . . .
. . . followed by recreational activities for American workers and their families.
Work was God’s idea. In the beginning, He gave the first man work to do.
Then the Lord God took the man
and put him into the garden of Eden
to cultivate it and keep it.
Proverbs 31 praises the excellent wife who:
. . . works with her hands in delight.
. . . looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
The wise mama teaches her sons and daughters to work, to follow through, and to be diligent.
In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.
Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,
and to make it your ambition
to lead a quiet life
and attend to your own business
and work with your hands,
just as we commanded you,
so that you will behave properly toward outsiders
and not be in any need.
1 Thessalonians 4:10-11