Peter J McGuire is widely known as the founder of Labor Day. At a meeting of the New York Central Labor Union In 1882 , he introduced a resolution calling for workers to lead a “festive parade through the streets of the city” on the first Monday of September. More than 30,000 marchers participated in the event. A year later thousands lined the parade route and the New York group urged other central labor bodies around the country to sponsor similar celebrations the following year. Only a handful of cities joined the celebration in 1884, but in 1885 turnout again was broad and official support for the holiday followed. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to recognize the day. The U.S. Congress followed suit in 1894.