Labor Day - First held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. Originally intended to be a day filled with street parades to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. A festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years.