The Museum will be closed on Monday, September 2, in honor of Labor Day. We will re-open at our normal hours, from 10 AM to 5 PM, on Tuesday, September 3.
We would like to recognize and give thanks to those early activists that heralded Labor Day into existence. On September 5, 1882, upwards of 20,000 people marched down New York City streets, carrying flags, badges, and musical instruments.
While this is considered to be the first Labor Day celebration, it was not yet an official holiday and many marchers went back to work right immediately following the parade.
On June 28, 1894, Congress made the first Monday in September a legal, national holiday known as Labor Day.