The Annual Labor Day Parade, co-sponsored by the American Labor Museum/Botto House Natonal Landmark, the Borough of Haledon and the City of Paterson, takes place on Sunday, September 4th, 2016. Step-off is at 1:30 PM at the Botto House in Haledon. The parade finishes at the Great Falls Historic District in the City of Paterson.
This year's Labor Day Parade will be lead by Grand Marshal Sherryl Gordon, Executive Director of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, Council 1, headquartered in New Jersey. Ms. Gordon is a leader of the public employees' union movement. Ms. Gordon is a pioneer in unifying unionists regardless of their background or ethnicity.
On September 4th the Museum will be open to visitors, the Museum Store will be open to the public before the parade step-off, and Through the Lens of Liberty, artwork by survivors of modern slavery in Guatemala by Durga Tree International and the Original Artwork exhibit by Alphonso Dunn and students will open to the public and will remain on display through December 31, 2016.
Also on September 4th at 3PM, the Museum proudly welcomes the general public to a performance of the new Triangle Fire opera with music by Leonard Lehrman and libretto by Ellen Frankel and performed by members of the Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus and the New Jersey Industrial Union Council (IUC) "Solidarity Singers."
Community organizations, unions, businesses, cultural groups, and individuals interested in joining this historic march may contact the Museum at (973) 595-7953 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A Commemorative Journal records the names of participants and all those who make donations to defray the cost of the parade. Parade sponsors may donate $100 to have their names recorded on a Commemorative Mug. Contributions of $200 enable a donor to have a listing 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.