Today is Labor Day, which originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union that created a day off for working citizens. It became a federal holiday in 1894 by Congress. This observance is celebrated annually on the first Monday in September. In the first proposal of the Labor Day holiday, a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” were followed by a festival for workers and their families. Emphasis was placed on the civil significance of this celebration and the holiday is regarded as a day of rest and celebration.