Google Celebrates Workers and Their Rights with a Labor Day Doodle

The latest Google doodle celebrates workers.
Chris Young

Internet search giant Google has released a special doodle to commemorate Labor Day in the U.S.

The doodle shows a wide range of professions, including farmers, chefs, and our favorite, engineers.


Celebrating workers of the United States

Labor Day was first declared a national holiday in the U.S. in 1894 by the President of the time, Grover Cleveland. The holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of September across America.

The holiday celebrates all workers and professions across America and the contribution they make to the economy.

It is "time for some well deserved time off for the nation's laborers," the Google Doodle post says. "So to all you working folks: whether you’re planning a long weekend at the beach or hosting a family barbecue, make sure to take it easy and enjoy yourself." 

History of Labor Day

The events that led to Labor Day being declared a national holiday started in 1882. New York City's Central Labor Union organized a march in September of that year. The march ended in a park in the city of Manhattan, where several speeches, dances and firework exhibitions took place.

The state of Oregon was the first to legislate its Labor Day in 1887. Many other states soon followed suit, before it became a nationally recognized holiday. 

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How about the rest of the world?

Labor Day is also celebrated in Canada. The Canadian chapters of American worker associations advocated for it there as well. 

On the other hand, International Workers' Day also known as Labor Day and May Day, is held on the 1st of May.

The date was chosen by groups of socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair that occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886.

It is linked to demonstrations, marked by violence, that eventually led to the legal establishment of the 8-hour workdays. The day has become a symbol of protest for workers worldwide.

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