Google Doodle didn’t take the day off Monday, when it hailed the American worker on Labor Day. It’s been a federal holiday since 1894 — when it was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland — and Americans traditionally celebrate by holding barbecues and parades, going on picnics, attending block parties and taking trips to the beach. Labour Day honors the country’s workers and the labor movement on the first Monday in September, in addition to marking the unofficial end of summer. “Today’s Doodle honors all hard-working people—whether they be doctors, cooks, plumbers, construction workers, or of any other profession,” Google said. Both Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, and Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, have been credited with first proposing the holiday.
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