I’ll start out with pic o’ day to get you in the mood for some relaxing weekend fun. Below is history on how Labor Day celebration and recognition started.
First, this website has some history on Labor Day, including the first New York Labor Day parade that took place on Sept 5, 1882. Here are pictures of that first parade:
The website also has some other pictures and even a 1944 Labor Day poem. Here is the Labor Day history, from that site:
The holiday unofficially began on September 5, 1882 when 10,000 workers took an unpaid day-off to honor the labor force of America and marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City. It was the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants, as well as onlookers could vocalize issues they had with employers.
As years passed, more states began to hold these parades, but Congress would not legalize the holiday until President Grover Cleveland was forced to sign the holiday into law as an election-year compromise with labor, twelve years later.