For many, Labor Day means department store sales, a three-day weekend and a last blast of summer fun. The holiday actually originated in New York in 1882 to honor the working class.This prompted a widespread push by labor unions for states to recognize Labor Day as an official holiday.Oregon, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey all declared Labor Day a state holiday in 1887. Several other states followed suit. Congress passed a law in 1894 recognizing Labor Day as a national holiday. It’s celebrated on the first Monday in September and marks the contributions workers have made to the country’s strength, prosperity and well-being.