Monday, Sept. 2, is Labor Day, the holiday celebrating the contributions of workers to the fabric of American life.
The holiday was first celebrated in New York City in 1882. As unions expanded throughout the nation, Labor Day events grew in popularity, and in 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the bill declaring the first Monday in September a federal holiday.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day’s national holiday designation.
“The American people count on the hard work and tireless dedication of Postal Service employees,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. “As one of the nation’s largest employers, our organization is proud to observe Labor Day and recognize the role of our workforce in serving the nation. I thank our employees for the tremendous work they do every day to serve our customers.”
The Postal Service has more than 600,000 workers across the United States.
The U.S. Department of Labor has an online history of the holiday, described as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.”