To some it is bittersweet signifying the end of summer. While others see it as a sign fall is approaching.

Have you ever wondered what IS Labor Day? Why do we celebrate it?

In the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers and their contribution to the success of our country.

The holiday was first celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City, and by 1885 was being celebrated in the majority of larger cities.

While the day is a celebration of the American worker, it’s a bit of a misnomer because not all workers get the day off. It is considered a national holiday so most government buildings and offices are closed, but most stores are open and regularly promote Labor Day themed sales-mattress anyone?)

Although this year will likely look a lot different, in non-pandemic times many cities host their annual festivals over the holiday weekend and Labor Day parades are also quite popular. Traditionally it's a big weekend for backyard barbeque and for the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, it signifies the end of “hot dog season”.

Whether you’re looking forward to the kids returning to school (either in person, remotely, or a combination of both) and the impending flood of pumpkin spice everything or you’re lamenting the end of summer we wish you a relaxing holiday weekend.

Check out these 10 Fascinating facts about Labor Day.