MORNING STUMPER for Monday, Septem

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Happy Labor Day!

It's become a tradition of backyard barbecues and days at the beach; when the weather cooperates, of course. But the day actually is a celebration of the labor movement and of the contribution to society by American workers.

Labor Day has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894 but it started in an American city earlier than that.

For today's stumper:

Where was the first Labor Day celebrated in the U.S.?

A. Washington, DC
B. New York City
C. Philadelphia
D. Boston

Scroll down for the answer.

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And the answer is:

B. New York City

It took place on September 5, 1882, a dozen years before it became a national holiday.
In the late 1800s, average Americans worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week to just keep from starving.

Children started working as young as 5 years old.

The labor movement in the U.S. helped establish age laws and set standards for working environments, wages and hours.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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