The holiday is typically celebrated with picnics and parades commemorating those that fought for better working conditions. Corporations are often at odds with the message of the holiday, and thus, the real history is essentially blacked on on American media. As a result, most Americans do not know what the holiday is for, and associate it was leisure activities and picnics.
This is separate from May 1st, May Day, or International Workers Day, which was created in response to the Haymarket Affair in Chicago, 1886.
"Are you going anywhere interesting over the Labor Day weekend?"
"It was on Labor Day, Son. Back before you and all your buddies voted to do away with unions."
-According to a dumbass in my class, the holiday where everyone gets drunk and happy (St. Patrick's Day).
-Everyone knows when it is, but no one really knows exactly what it is.
Dumbass- "Labor Day!"
Guy2: "It's meant to celebrate the economic and social something or other of workers."