Even though Labor Day is not celebrated in the United States, Chicago is an exception. Every year thousands of people gather in Union Park to march against social and racial injustice and other issues. After all, Chicago is the place where the holiday originates from. The Labor Day commemorates the spring of 1886 when the city started a national movement for an eight-hour workday. On May 1st, 35,000 workers left their jobs, and thousands joined the protest on the following days. A culmination occurred on May 4th, on a peaceful rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square. During the rally, a bomb was blown in the crowd killing several protesters and police officers. Since then Labor Day has been celebrated in countries worldwide, normally on May 1st. The day is known as an international workers' holiday.
In recent time, demonstrations in Chicago on May Day are dedicated to the support of immigrant rights and in favor of raising a minimum wage. A march organized by Chicago Federation of Labor starts at West Washington Street and continues on West Washington Boulevard.
Rallies also take place at Daley Plaza and other locations.