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New York was the first state to introduce a bill to recognize Labor Day.

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But Oregon was the first state to legally codify it in 1887.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor,

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Labor Day was first observed informally by labor activists and the individual state in the late 1800s.

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Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York followed in late 1887.

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American historians point out that after the market of the 1870s, 

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holidays developed in the form of unions began to strengthen again.

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On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act naming the first day of September as a legal holiday as Labor Day

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The original purpose of making Labor Day was made to honor the workers