First celebrated in 1882, Labor Day was started as a holiday to celebrate the hard-working American worker, which is better known today as the "last long weekend of the summer." What better way to say goodbye to long hot days than by having a parade? Tourists and city residents get together along Fifth Avenue to watch as high school bands, politicians, police and fire departments, and many other colorfully dressed members parade past in honor of the worker community everywhere, past and present. The parade is usually conducted by the New York City Central Labor Council on the 2nd Saturday of September every year. The parade begins at the intersection 5th Avenue and 44th Street.