Labor Day, often marked by taking the last trip to the beach, was actually created by the labor movement in the 19th century, dedicated to celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers. Who was behind the movement to establish Labor Day is still contested more than 125 years after the first parade the United States, held in New York City in 1882.
Some say that the founder of Labor Day was Peter McGuire, while others say that a New Jersey machinist named Matthew Mcguire was the driving force. The weight of the evidence seems to point to Matthew Mcguire, who was secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York City when Labor Day was established. There is more information about the controversy on the Department of Labor’s web page.