Happy Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, and Buffalo has a connection to its creation: President Grover Cleveland (Buffalo’s 34th Mayor) signed legislation in 1893 making the first Monday in September Labor Day.

 Below are a few images of how Buffalo celebrated Labor Day in 1901from the Holidays Scrapbook:

Further information on the holiday in Buffalo can be found in the Grosvenor Room Local History File under the subject heading of “Labor Day.”  More on the history of Labor Day and Cleveland’s connection to the holiday can be found on these websites:

The History of Labor Day (U.S. Department of Labor)

The Origins of Labor Day

Images from Holidays Scrapbook, *GT4803.B9, pp.346-347.

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