The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be gilled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a fesitval was to be held to anuse local workers and thier families. In later years, Prominent men and woman held sprakchers. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Primarily it is a largely day of rest for all government offices, shools and businesses.