As the name suggests, the holiday celebrates those of us in the workforce.
There are approximately 158.5 million men and women in the U.S. workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics. Of those workers, the average employed American works 7.6 hours a day.
Sept. 5, 1882, marked the first Labor Day parade, which was held in New York City. However, Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday five years later in 1887.
In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made the day a national holiday.
Today, Labor Day has become one of the busiest weekends for travel before the end of summer.
According to AAA's Labor Day travel forecast, an estimated 35.5 million Americans traveled on Labor Day weekend last year.
The holiday is also associated with the beginning of the school year. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 55 million students will be heading back to the classroom in 2016 -- which means a whole lot of parents with a little more quiet time.