ABILENE, Texas -

Many of us spend a little more time at the office than we would like, but most of the country took Monday off to celebrate the hard work they do the rest of the year.

Labor Day has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1894. More recently it has also been known as the last day of summer.

"Labor day is a day set aside for people who are in the workforce," said Ryan Gonzalez who was celebrating Labor Day at Lake Fort Phantom.

People at Lake Fort Phantom celebrated the holiday with barbeques, water sports and lots of laughs with family and friends, but they didn't forget about the workers who they are grateful for.

Ronnie Garcia said he would like to thank firefighters for their courage.

“God bless ya'll for what ya'll do for saving people's lives bringing them out of the fire," said Garcia.

Adam Davila said he would like to celebrate ministers and construction workers.

“Thank you for saving those that need saving and thank you for building this great nation of ours." Said Davila.

The first Labor Day was actually created by labor unions who chose to hold it on the first Monday in September because it is halfway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.