Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. But it also symbolizes the end of summer and is usually celebrated with parties, parades, and athletic events.
The first observance of Labor Day is believed to have been a parade of 10,000 workers on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. Peter J. McGuire, a Carpenters and Joiners Union secretary, organized the event.
By 1893, more than half the states were observing Labor Day on one day or another. Congress passed a bill to establish a federal holiday in 1894. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill soon afterward, designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day.
Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade
In Pittsburgh, the annual Labor Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. from the site of the old Mellon Arena and travels down Grant street, to the Boulevard of the Allies, ending at Commonwealth Place.
PAT Bus & Trolley Schedule
Port Authority buses and trolleys will operate on a holiday schedule, which is the same as a Sunday schedule. Riders should also expect delays and detours because of the annual downtown parade. More information is posted at www.portauthority.org.
State and county offices, state liquor stores, and Pennsylvania drivers' license and photo centers will be closed.
Trash and recycling pickup by Waste Management will be delayed one day.
Monday also is the last day of the swim season at the Cranberry Waterpark and the Zelienople Community Pool.