August 31, 2014 - August 31, 2014 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Annual Special Events

The 22nd Annual Labor Day Parade, co-sponsored by the American Labor Museum/Botto House Natonal Landmark, the Borough of Haledon and the City of Paterson, is scheduled for Sunday, August 31st, 2014.  Step-off will take place at 1:30 PM at the Botto House in Haledon.  The parade will finish at the  Great Falls Historic District in the City of Paterson, where the Great Falls Festival will be taking place.

On August 31st, the Museum will be open to visitors, the Museum Store will be open to the public before the parade step-off, and the exhibit Border Angels by Sara Gurling and Pamela Calore will open and remain on display through December 31, 2014.

This year's labor Day Parade will be lead by Grand Marshals Peter Busacca, President of the Hudson County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Mike Schneider, President of the Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  Peter Busacca is a member of Local 59, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), AFL-CIO.  He currently works to recruit high school juniors and seniors from across the state of New Jersey to become Apprentice Stage Technicians.  Mike Schneider is a member of Local 32, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AWIU), AFL-CIO.  Both Busacca and Schneider are lifelong unionists who lead Labor Councils which represent a total of over 100,00 New Jersey union members and their families.

All community organizations, unions, businesses, cultural groups, and individuals interested in joining this historic march can contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or by emailing  A Commemorative Journal will record the names of participants and all those who make donations to defray the cost of the parade.  Parade sponsors who donate $100 can have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug.  Contributions of $200 will enable a donor to have a liting on the labor Day Parade T-shirt.

It was on June 28, 1894 that President Grover Cleveland, a native of Caldwell, New Jersey, signed the bill that made Labor Day a legal national holiday.  In that same year, on Monday, September 3, 1894, the first official holiday was celebrated and every first Monday of September thereafter.

For further information about the Great Falls Festival, please call the Office of the Mayor, City of Paterson at (973) 321-1600.