In more than 80 countries, on May 1, labor unions and working people take to the streets. The holiday is often referred to as International Workers’ Day or May Day.

The day marks the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, where police shot and killed several demonstrators who were fighting for the eight-hour workday. Over the next several years, people across the globe began demonstrating on May 1, and in many countries the day became an official holiday.

So why don’t we celebrate in May? Government officials feared instigating anger over the event at Haymarket Square. But politicians and others relaized that a holiday honoring workers was necessary. So, following the massive 1894 Pullman Strike, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was quickly ushered through Congress. From then, on Labor Day officially occurred on the first Monday in September.

(Is Labor Day the official end of summer? No? Well when is it? Click here.)

In the U.S., Labor Day is often celebrated with barbeques to mark the end of summer. Check out how hamburgers and hot dogs got their names.)

Now that you know about the history of Labor Day, do you still think it makes sense to have the holiday in September?

JCPenney Brings the “Joy of Giving” to Life This Season.

Pediatrics Week November 21, 2009 J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced the launch of its Christmas gift program, bringing the “Joy of Giving™” to life for its customers across America whether they shop JCPenney in store, on jcp.com or via catalog. The Company’s gift assortment this season reflects the enormous strides JCPenney has made to step up its style, while maintaining its signature quality and prices that make sense for today’s budgets.

“Consumers are focused on making smart spending decisions this season without sacrificing style or quality,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chairman and chief executive officer for JCPenney. “This plays right to our strengths as we have a meaningful gift assortment that will make it fun, festive and affordable to select gifts for family and friends. Bringing the ‘joy of giving’ to America’s families with our best gift assortment offered through aggressive promotions – and delivered with superior customer service and a convenient, easy shopping experience – solidifies JCPenney as the one-stop destination this Christmas.” JCPenney Helps America’s Families Give Joy This Season: Along with the Company’s vast assortment of must-have brands and convenient gift card selection, JCPenney is once again taking its gift selection to a higher level with its “red box gifts™” collection. The assortment features unique items such as a roll-up drum set for $49.99 and a USB turntable for $89.99 which allows users to transfer their favorite vinyl albums to their PC. Kids and adults alike will love the nostalgic Lincoln Logs commemorative edition for $39.99, and the marshmallow launcher for $19.99 is sure to be a hit. New to the collection this year are a variety of stocking stuffers beginning at $4.99, along with a selection of delicious Godiva chocolates for $9.99. this web site jcpenney printable coupons

JCPenney knows that more people will be entertaining at home this year, which is why customers can find a variety of entertaining and decorating items to assist them in creating a memorable Christmas experience at home. Merchandise includes such pieces as a cooks[R] triple-buffet server/warmer for $29.99, a 16-piece “Winterberry” dinnerware set for $69.99, a Mountain King[R] pre lit balsam fir tree beginning at $59.99 and personalized needlepoint stockings for $14.99.

JCPenney is also assisting customers to give and receive “joy” this season by making it easy for them to help those in need. Through a joint initiative with JCPenney, the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program will be available online (www.jcp.com/angel), allowing customers to purchase a needed gift for a child or senior citizen in their local communities directly from jcp.com. Customers can also share the holiday spirit this season by providing children in their local community with access to life-enriching afterschool programs through initiatives that benefit the JCPenney Afterschool Fund (www.jcpenneyafterschool.org) such as purchasing select merchandise – including educational toys such as Activity Fun Cases and Science Explorer kits – and participating in JCPenney’s Round-up program from December 4-13, when customers can “round up” their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the Fund. Special “red box gifts™” Associates, who were selected based on their excellence in customer service and executing the Company’s CustomerFIRST program, will also be on hand to help customers find the perfect gift. Additionally, with JCPenney’s multi-channel shopping options – stores (mall and off-mall), jcp.com and catalog – as well as its convenient services (portrait, salon, Santa and holiday gift registries, gift wrapping, monogramming, etc.), easy shipping and return options, extended store hours, and “Know Before You Go” features on jcp.com, Christmas shopping at JCPenney has never been easier. JCPenney’s “Joy of Giving” Integrated Marketing Campaign: This season’s marketing campaign focuses on the “Joy of Giving,” highlighting the joy of a traditional, at-home Christmas celebration. The campaign is anchored by a 30-second television spot – created by Saatchi & Saatchi – that launches on November 15. Titled “Through the Eyes of a Child” and featuring the song “You’ll See” by Human (featuring Rosi Golan), the spot follows a little boy as he makes his way through a festive home filled with friends and family to deliver a special gift. The spot showcases JCPenney’s gift assortment, highlighting price points and brands. A Spanish version of the spot will also air on all major Spanish-language Hispanic market networks. In addition, an extended 60-second version of the spot will appear in movie theaters nationwide beginning November 20. go to website jcpenney printable coupons

JCPenney’s marketing campaign will also celebrate the “Joy of Giving” through an enhanced, interactive jcp.com experience; a gifting application on the Company’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jcpenney); display ads on various consumer websites; a special mobile phone Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) site; and more. JCPenney will also launch a Christmas marketing campaign targeting the New York consumer specifically for its Manhattan store. About JCPenney JCPenney is one of America’s leading retailers, operating 1,109 department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as one of the largest apparel and home furnishing sites on the Internet, jcp.com, and the nation’s largest general merchandise catalog business. Through these integrated channels, JCPenney offers a wide array of national, private and exclusive brands which reflect the Company’s commitment to providing customers with style and quality at a smart price. Traded as “JCP” on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company posted revenue of $18.5 billion in 2008 and is executing its strategic plan to be the growth leader in the retail industry. Key to this strategy is JCPenney’s “Every Day Matters” brand positioning, intended to generate deeper, more emotionally driven relationships with customers by fully engaging the Company’s approximately 150,000 Associates to offer encouragement, provide ideas and inspire customers every time they shop with JCPenney.

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  1. cacklinq -  July 9, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I think it should be celebrated on May 1st to show unity with all those other countries that also celebrate it on May 1st. The Haymarket Affair was in Chicago, Illinois, USA. So why shouldn’t the US celebrate our fight for the eight-hour workday on a day that is actually RELATED to workers’ rights? It’s silly to celebrate it on September 1st, especially since the only reason was because the federal government didn’t want to incite anger towards the event. It was their fault in the first place for targeting the peaceful event and introducing gunfire.

    May 1st!!!

  2. Gabe is a fag -  September 3, 2013 - 12:17 pm


  3. Carl -  July 16, 2013 - 3:21 am

    I thought it had something to do with communists.

  4. Bharat Kumar -  April 29, 2013 - 3:24 am


    By any chance is there a list of countries who celebrate the Labour Day with the respective dates they celebrate it?

    Have been searching and could not find one. Can some one provide me with this list.

    Bharat Kumar.

  5. Humberto -  September 3, 2012 - 8:59 am

    LABOR DAY is LABOR DAY …!!! and it is celebrated in MANY countries around the world on May 1st … It doesn’t matter what day of the week it falls on … it is ALWAYS on May the 1st … U.S.A does NOT want to celebrate it on that day because the U.S.A. government does NOT want anybody realizing that many countries in the world celebrate IN PROTEST against U.S.A due to the massacre against people asking for human rights … Therefor the government tried to distance themselves from that SHAMEFUL memory changing the name for the celebration (only in U.S.A) to “MAY DAY” and since all those countries celebrate “labor day” they had to INVENT another day (far away from the original) to also “celebrate” labor day.

  6. [...] May Day Media Round-Up NOTE: With tens of thousands marching in New York and Oakland and cities throughout the U.S. to defend immigrant rights, protest the corporate capture of government, and bust the banksters for their criminal theft of livelihoods, yesterday, May 1, 2012, was without doubt one of the biggest shows of May Day street heat since the original workers’ May Day was turned into the state-sponsored Labor Day a century ago. [...]

  7. karl hatten sr -  September 11, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Graykat why not celebratelabor day three days down at GM?

  8. Drew -  September 9, 2011 - 1:14 pm

    Why don’t we just make a new holiday called Labor Memorial Day and celebrate that in May? It could honor all the workers everywhere who have ever lived.

  9. Adam -  September 27, 2010 - 6:58 am

    May Day, or Tanz in den Mai in German (literally; dance into May) is an old pre Christian pagan festival. It marks the end of the planting season which officially starts at Easter (also a pagan festival). It is a time when the sexual energy of the sun is encouraged to come down to the earth and copulate with the earth goddess in order to make a good harvest. It is also half way between the spring equinox and summer solstice and the exact opposite time of year to Halloween (which marked the end of harvest and the New Year). The dancing round the May pole by the local virgins was to entice the suns sexual energy to come down and be trapped in the earth, the May pole is a symbolic phallus.
    Most of our festivals have their origin in ancient farming methods.

  10. Citizen of a sovereign nation -  September 10, 2010 - 11:39 am

    According to this history (and any I have read), we (in america) started the whole concept. We can set whatever bloody day we want and to hell with some kind of internationalism. Why do countries have such issues with being the sovereign entities they should be?? May we continue to be unique and strong.

  11. AMY-LOU -  September 10, 2010 - 9:31 am

    That’s so sad i want to cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No j/k i didn’t even read this blog i just got really bored and i want some chesse puffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Nat Jay -  September 8, 2010 - 8:29 am

    For a lot of us, it’s the time of year when school begins and we resume the routine of work-life (till December at least) following the end of summer.

  14. To J.D. from K.I. -  September 8, 2010 - 6:18 am

    method and practice. In America.

  15. notaglobalist -  September 7, 2010 - 6:17 am

    This is America. We should be leading the world not striving to copy it. The thought of changing our holidays to match the world’s for the sake of some sort of unity is ridiculous.

  16. Geraint -  September 6, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    I’m astonished that Dictionary.com has misspelt ‘barbecue’ as ‘barbeque’! The date of Labor Day may be different in the US, but I’m sure this word is spelt the same everywhere.

  17. From New Zealand -  September 6, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    Well here in little old NZ we do it differently from the rest of the would and for us it’s the last Monday in October and ours is to celebrate when this country got the 8 hour working day passed by our governmen and we call it ‘Labour Day’ and we don’t celebrate May day at all.

  18. rachel -  September 6, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    stop crying and enjoy the day off

  19. Hard Truth -  September 6, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    The day should more appropriately be called ‘Labor Union Day’ or even ‘Socialism Day’. It has nothing to do with workers anymore, and everything to do with politicians and labor union organizers.

  20. #1 Skillet fan -  September 6, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    I think that since we Americans have been celebrating Labor Day on the first Monday of September, we don’t have to change it. Labor Day in America has a unique history to it, so it’s kind of like changing the date for Thanksgiving.

  21. Evertha -  September 6, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    With all the Amercans out of workSEPTEMBER6, 2010is A day to remember.Unemployment is not to be celebrated but it can surely be A day forPRAYER and ATONEMENT. Any day is GOOD with PRAYERS of thanksgiving and praise.

  22. GrayKat -  September 6, 2010 - 1:12 pm

    Why not celebrate our workers twice? Aren’t they the ones who MADE America? Seems like a little historical awareness and honest recognition are in order.

  23. jamdung -  September 6, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    I’m from jamaica and we celebrated labour day on the 23rd of may observed on the monday not on the first so i guess we doing it different too!

  24. Sheri -  September 6, 2010 - 12:43 pm

    The first monday in September is kind of an odd time for a workers’ appreciation day. a lot of people don’t work in the summer and then go back to work at the end of august and then they get a whole day to do nothing because they’ve worked so hard and so long? May1st sounds like the better option. It’s almost vacation time. A three day weekend would be like a primer to get the feel good mood started.

  25. rubybenubi -  September 6, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    It might have made sense originally to follow the crowd and use May 1. Now, with Memorial Day in May and a history of celebrating Labor Day in September, I see no reason to change.

  26. Richard Comaish -  September 6, 2010 - 11:39 am

    May Day is May Day, and Labor Day Labor Day. America should celebrate May Day, with all the other countries, apart from anything else to show that she isn’t behindhand on recognising the history and the 8-hour day ideal. But why stop celebrating Labor Day and the issues which gave rise to it?

  27. Dresden Scott -  September 6, 2010 - 11:33 am

    The US government and our corporate-controlled culture go to great lengths to avoid too much internationalism among our workers…. Our entire labor history gets whitewashed out of the classroom. Even our labor day gets celebrated differently. Here in Minneapolis/St. Paul, we even have an “Aquatennial” in lieu of the anniversary of the 1934 Teamster Strike, which used to be a big celebration.

  28. Silverchild -  September 6, 2010 - 11:29 am

    I agree with elahe. I don’t live in America, but I think that May Day should be the first globally celebrated holiday honouring workers wrights.

  29. Farrah -  September 6, 2010 - 11:25 am

    This just further confirms that Americans have to be different from the rest of the world. Personally, I’m used to having labor day being on the first day of September so we shouldn’t change it now. But we really should have celebrated Labor Day with the rest of the world on May 1 to begin with.

  30. totolotto70 -  September 6, 2010 - 11:17 am

    I was astonished when I learned from Billy Bragg’s twitter-page that today is Labor Day.

  31. elahe -  September 6, 2010 - 10:55 am

    I’d say it’s better to celebrate it with all those 80 countries on May 1.


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