Today in History: May Day

May Day in Spain 2018

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features May Day. Originally a celebration of spring, May Day later became a day to celebrate workers and is still celebrated as such in many countries around the world. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1887, a year after the  conflict between labor protestors and members of the Chicago police force known as the Haymarket Affair. Learn more about other May Day celebrations by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.

May Day images

May Day books & texts

May Day historical U.S. newspaper coverage

May Day sheet music

Bringing in the May streaming webcast discussing folk traditions in U.S. and Great Britain

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