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Do You Know What Labor Day Celebrates?

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- Most of us have heard about Labor Day, and usually think about travelling.  There's even a rule about not wearing white the day after.  But what is the meaning behind it all?

We hit to the streets to see how well you know the story of Labor Day.  Several were stumped.

"I don't know," says one little girl.  Her answer seemed to resonate throughout.

Here are some helpful hints: the first Labor Day is believed to have been celebrated in 1882.  It became a federal holiday twelve years later in 1894.  There are two theories concerning the creator of the holiday; it is either Peter McGuire or Matthew Maguire.  What is known, however, is why we celebrate the holiday.  It's purpose is to pay tribute to the contributions of workers.

The United States Census Bureau estimates the labor force is over 150 million strong, with 82% of full-time employees between 18 and 64 covered by health insurance.  Of those in the workforce, the bureau estimates the number of people in a labor union is roughly 15 million.

Whatever the reason for celebration, though, people of all ages seem to enjoy their labor-free day.