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The History of Labor Day

Here at the Maria Sanchez Show, we were curious about the history of Labor Day. We found that the holiday got its start on Sept. 5, 1882, thanks to the support of New York City’s Central Labor Union. President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day officially in 1894, following a nationwide railroad workers’ strike. Oregon was the first state to legalize the Labor Day holiday in 1887. Today, every state in the union celebrates Labor Day with a well-earned rest for working people.

Ventura County reaches out to the community with dozens of fun Labor Day weekend events. Here’s a sample of what’s happening:

Friday, August 30:

  • Free New West Symphony concert at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme
  • Free concert in Oxnard at Heritage Square

Saturday, August 31:

  • Fun in the Sun Kids’ Fun Run and 5k in Ventura
  • Music Under the Stars at Olivas Adobe Ventura

Sunday, Sept. 1:

  • Camarillo Hospice Country Music Festival and Chili Cook-Off
  • Old Town Country Bluegrass Free Concert at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme

Monday, Sept. 2:

  • Annual Santa Paula Labor Day Parade, 10 a.m.

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