September 3, 2007 is Labor Day! Did you know that this national tribute to workers in America began with the humble roots of a parade back in 1882? The parade took place on September 5 in New York City and featured 10,000 workers.

By 1893, more than half the states were observing a “Labor Day” on one day or another. In 1894, however, Congress passed a bill to establish it as an official federal holiday, and President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.

Today, Labor Day is celebrated around the world. The US and Canada are the only countries that always observe the holiday on the first Monday in September. In Europe, Labor Day is celebrated on May 1 and is known as May Day.

As you enjoy the celebration of Labor Day, don’t forget to pack away your white shoes–they can come out again on Memorial Day!