It is said that Peter J. McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected to celebrate a "workingmen's holiday". The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and by 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. In wasn't until 1894 that Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. Today, our nation continues to pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership the American worker.