No one is sure who came up with the idea first
The credit for the idea behind Labor Day goes to… one of two people. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are some records that suggest Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, first proposed a day celebrating workers. However, some historians believe the credit actually goes to a machinist named Matthew Maguire, who reportedly suggested the idea while he was secretary of the Central Labor Union.
The first Labor Day parade was in New York City
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On September 5, 1882, New York’s Central Labor Union held a parade to celebrate union work and show support for all unions. More than 10,000 union workers took unpaid time off work to march from City Hall, past Union Square, and up to 42nd Street, Politico reports. These are 18 of the most dangerous jobs in the world.