Labor Day in Marshall Islands

Labor Day is a public holiday in the Marshall Islands that’s celebrated on the first Friday in September and honors the workers who keep society running. Also known as Rijerbal Day (Worker’s Day), this day is a public holiday on which non-essential government offices are closed, as are schools and many businesses.

Although this day is a public holiday, there aren’t many official ceremonies that occur on this day. It’s mainly a day where there are a few political speeches or ceremonies, but not much else is happening. It is a day off for the general population, however, so they can use it as a rest day.

The History of Labor Day in the Marshall Islands

Traditionally, there have been three social classes in the Marshall Islands: the chief (iroij), the elder or owner of the land (alap), and the workers (rijerbal). These three classes had different roles in society and, therefore, there were different land use rights among the three classes.

In 2007, the Marshall Islands joined the International Labor Organization, and that has changed land use and work allotment on the islands. Labor Day was created to honor the workers who contribute to the continued economic health of the islands.

Observing Labor Day in the Marshall Islands

On this holiday, many of the observances are made at the local level by different cities and towns. These observances usually include speeches by civic leaders and honoring certain workers.

Other than that, there aren’t many other events observed. Workers do use this day, however, to spend time with their friends and family members. They also use it as a general day off just to relax.

Where is it celebrated?
Marshall Islands (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 6 Friday
Next year (2025)
September 5 Friday
Last year (2023)
September 1 Friday