Traditionally celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is a way for us to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. For many of us, Labor Day Weekend also marks the unofficial end of summer. So, let’s take advantage of the last three-day weekend of our favorite season the only way that we know how – by having a whole lot of fun!
9 Fun Things To Do Over Labor Day Weekend
This year, Labor Day will occur on Monday, September 6th. Since Labor Day Weekend represents the end of summer and the beginning of the back-to-school season, this might be the final chance that many of us have to enjoy some warm-weather fun. So, here are nine fun-filled activities that you and your loved ones can do over the holiday weekend.
Attend A Labor Day Parade
The first Labor Day parade in U.S. history took place on September 5, 1882. That’s when 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. Today, many cities and towns still celebrate Labor Day with parades.
Attending a Labor Day parade is a great way to teach your kids all about the Labor Day holiday. So, dress up your kids (and yourself) in red, white, and blue to get in the spirit of the day and then wave to all the people marching in the parade.
Go On A Weekend Getaway (Or Take A Day Trip)
Long weekends are made for weekend getaways. So, if there’s a city or a campsite that you and your family have been meaning to visit all summer long, make the time to finally check it out over the holiday weekend.
You can get your kids excited for your big road trip by pulling out a map and having them plan the route with you. Then based upon where you’re going, you can have your kids weigh in on the sites that they’d like to see along the way, too.
And if you know that you won’t be able to get away for all three days, take a day trip somewhere nearby. You can still get your kids involved in the fun by coming up with a theme for your day trip. You can go on a pizza tour in search of the best slice around, find a festival, fair, or carnival nearby so your kids can play games and go on carnival rides, or visit a local museum or zoo. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure to check the weather forecast before you head out on the road.
Head To The Beach
Does your family enjoy spending days at the beach? If that’s the case, you might as well squeeze in one last beach day before your kids have to return to school. Just make sure to bring all of your regular beach essentials with you, including sunscreen, towels, chairs, and an umbrella. You can also bring a cooler stocked with your favorite foods and drinks for when you and your family get hungry and thirsty. And if the weather and water are still warm enough, go take one last dip in the ocean for the season.
Throw A Pool Party (Or Setup The Sprinkler)
For those of you who prefer to lounge by the pool, rather than stick your toes in the sand, invite your friends and family over for a Labor Day Weekend pool party. To really make your Labor Day pool party a special event that everyone will remember for a long time, send festive invitations, decorate your pool area to set the tone for your party, and plan some fun pool party games for everyone to play. You can also never go wrong with a good pool party playlist and a great food menu.
Don’t have a pool? No problem. Set up a sprinkler in your backyard and let your little ones run through the water instead.
Take A Hike
Hiking is an excellent full-body workout that can help you improve your sense of balance and build stronger muscles and bones. So, before it gets too cold out, head out to your favorite hiking trail or go discover some new hiking trails over the long weekend.
If you really want to connect with the great outdoors, consider a camping weekend with your best friends. Taking a camping trip will allow you to go off the grid and enjoy nature’s beauty. Hopefully, you’ll be able to let go of some of life’s daily stressors, as well. And if you and your friends or family aren’t the most outdoorsy people, consider a glamping trip, which is a form of camping that involves more luxurious accommodations than those typically associated with traditional camping.
Host A Backyard Barbecue Or A Picnic At The Park
What’s better than a warm night with good food and great friends? Not much. That’s why it’s a good idea to host one last backyard barbecue before everyone’s schedules get too crazy and the weather prevents you and your loved ones from gathering outdoors. And if you don’t have a backyard to host an event, call up your friends and schedule a picnic instead.
Since food is usually the star of the show at any cookout, think about what you’ll be serving ahead of time, and make sure to do all of your prep work before your guests arrive. And if your friends would like to bring something to the BBQ or picnic, let them know whether they should bring a salad, a dessert, or maybe even a few extra lawn chairs so everyone will be able to sit.
You can also play lawn games against your friends in the backyard or at the park. And if you all happen to be super competitive, you can even create a lawn games tournament. Just make sure to give a medal (or some type of award) to the lawn games champion!
Watch An Outdoor Movie At Home (Or Experience A Drive-In Movie As A Family)
There’s something magical about watching a movie outdoors and seeing the stars above you whenever you look up. So, for those of you lucky enough to have a drive-in movie theater nearby, go experience what it’s like to watch a movie outdoors in your car, rather than streaming it on your TV and watching on your couch indoors.
You can also turn your backyard into an outdoor movie theater by either buying or renting a projector and then playing the movie against a white screen or a white wall. To make the seating cozy, throw down some blankets, floor cushions, and pillows to rest against. And don’t forget the popcorn!
Enjoy Live Music At A Music Festival
One of the best parts about summer is experiencing live entertainment outdoors. If there’s an outdoor music festival or a concert taking place near you, take advantage of it and go listen to live music outdoors once more while you can. The next time you attend a concert, it’ll probably be at an indoor stadium or an indoor concert venue depending upon where you live.
Go To A Baseball Game
While the temperatures are cooling down now that the dog days of summer are over, the baseball playoff race is just starting to heat up. So, take your family out to the ballgame and go cheer your favorite team on!
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