Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend 2016

5 Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend

Roslyn Celebrations & Gift Ideas Entertainment, Labor Day

Wishing that summer lasted longer but still looking forward to a three-day weekend over Labor Day? I don’t know about you, but my mind goes every which way trying to decide what I really want to do. Summer goes by so fast and there’s always lots of things we intended to do! Never got around to inviting neighbors over for a barbecue, remedying that could be fun plus you could all see a local fireworks show. Or maybe there’s a hot dinning experience you’re dying to try, why not do that before going to a concert? Hanging out at home with the family or with yourself for some peace and quiet (except for dogs barking) might appeal. Sometimes it is hard to decide ahead of time with many options on the horizon, so let’s take a closer look at some things to do on Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day Celebrations to Make 2016 Truly Memorable

1. If you are Solo Make it Special.

Time out for a weekend of reflection, rejuvenation, and some pampering to mark the end of summer and get ready for the fall. You know that home spa you have been meaning to try, well this is a great resource with all the steps you need to have the most relaxing spa day at home from a gal who works in a spa: http://bit.ly/1Osiam. After your relaxing treatment, you’ll be ready for a good night’s sleep and ready to settle into the rest of the weekend leisurely catching up on whatever catches your fancy. A walk in nature to help you get centered followed by relaxing evenings with a glass of wine and a good book would certainly check all the self-care boxes.

2. Catch Up On a Movie or Three

Netflix is always good to find that popular movie or series that you really wanted to see, but never made the time for. And if you want to catch a new release, there has been quite a buzz about “The Light Between Oceans” with Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. The much anticipated drama is based upon the acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman and has already received a Golden Lion nomination for directing at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

 

If you’re not sold on that one, why not a comedy? One that springs to mind for the Labor Day Weekend is Chef with Jon Favreau, John Leguzamo, Robert Downy Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. This delightful picture won the Audience Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and is available to stream on Netflix. Or if you’re into thought provoking documentaries, The Women’s List is an inspiring collection of brief interviews with notable women.

Research shows that we now like to binge watch series and a three day weekend is the ideal time to do this! There’s a great show on Netflix that might be ideal for this bringing Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together – Grace and Frankie is a Netflix Original. It’s a subtle and gentle comedy brought to you by the writers of Friends.

3. Who Doesn’t Love Labor Day Parades

Perhaps none is as famous, flamboyant or varied as the ones in NYC. On Monday, September 5th, 2016 from 11 am to 6 pm, the Caribbean street parade, held in the borough of Brooklyn, celebrates the Caribbean culture and history with dancers in colorful costumes, reggae and calypso music, specialty food and vendor booths. And this year, the NYC parade up Fifth Avenue will step off on Saturday, September 10th at 10 am. Usually local towns and cities, have a parade with a marching band, costumes, floats, flags and streets filled with spectators. This is a fun family activity and sometimes you can march along at the end of the parade. Check your local listings so you can join in the fun.

 

4. Full on Labor Day Festivals to Immerse Yourself In

A parade isn’t always enough to immerse yourself and take yourself away from the stress and strains of the daily grind. So why not head to a festival over Labor Day Weekend? We’ve found some of the best for you that cater to almost every taste:

A really magical festival in New York City, is The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016 Summer HD Festival with ten free film screenings of previous performances. All being shown outdoors in Lincoln Center Plaza and finishing with a showing of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles on Monday, Sept. 5th, 8pm.

 

Head to Waco, Texas for a family oriented festival that we’ve heard so much about but have never been to. Westfest is a Czech Polka festival with polka bands, dancing, contests, parades, a fun run, games and of course, all the traditional foods you could want.

westfest waco

 

And on the West Coast, there’s a pretty amazing festival called Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington. Now in its 46th year, it’s an eclectic mix of music, film, comedy, laser shows, dancing, theater and visual arts. You’ll certainly have all your senses catered to at this one! 

5. And we couldn’t leave you without Labor Day Craft Fair options!

Even though we’re not attending any fairs as vendors this Labor Day Weekend we still love to attend them and absorb the fantastic atmosphere. There are two this coming weekend that have caught our eye:

The Convention Center Art & Craft Show in Ocean City, Maryland is a traditional craft fair running on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the Labor Day weekend. They have over 40 exhibitors covering unique gifts, household items, woodworking, pottery, candles and more. And the boardwalk is always jumping with activity and vendors.

 

If you’d prefer something which is more of a destination event and craft fair then perhaps the largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California at Hermosa Beach might suit you better! Fiesta Hermosa has been a staple of the Labor Day weekend since 1972. It’s one that will please the entire family, they have 300 artists and crafters: painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. In addition to that, there’s live music on two stages. The food and beer offerings are also amazing.

 

Labor Day was a creation of the labor movement to honor American workers. At the time of the first parade, workers were putting in 12-hour workdays, seven days a week in deplorable conditions. Today for many, it may just mean a long weekend, the end of summer, or preparing for a seasonal change. The American dream is predicated on working hard. Is this value still alive for you?

However you decide to celebrate the holiday, we wish you and yours a wonderful time.

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. We usually don’t do anything special on labour day, but if the weather is reasonable, we’re going to hike the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. There are a lot of events going on in the area, it’s hard to choose just one 🙂 When the kids were little, we’d go camping. Now, my daughter takes her little ones camping and my son, he’s unfortunately working.

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      Thanks Gisele for sharing about your Labor Day plans. Often they are weather related and we are all hoping for opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. So much is happening everywhere. Enjoy what you do. We were a camping family too.

  2. There is definitely a lot of choices as far as celebrating on Labour Day, Roslyn! Personally I love staying away from crowds and just hanging out and going for a walk or doing something in nature perhaps. Although I’ll be in town this weekend, I’d love to be on the west coast, as the celebrations in Seattle and California sound amazing! I will be in Sedona, Arizona soon enough and hopefully I’ll make up and celebrate some other October holiday weekend there! Thanks for the great research on things to do on Labour Day and the reminder of the essence of where it originated and what it is truly all about!

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      Thank you, Beverley for your comment. As I researched I became aware how different areas know the type of activity their community loves, like California & Seattle. I intend to get us outdoors, assuming the weather cooperates.

  3. Soooo many choices to celebrate Labor Day. For me, it will be the end of a week of vacation filled with bike rides, running, beaches, and friends. Thanks for this post, Roz, and for reminding us about the history associated with Labor Day. As you noted, it’s easy to think of this day as just another Monday we’re not expected to show up for work.

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      Appreciate your comment, Deb Nelson. Most people will be outdoors and hopefully seeing flags & parades will remind people to thank the workers who keep the services going.

  4. Reading about Labor Day brought back childhood memories of my time in New York, Roslyn. In those days, the only thing for a small child was to go with one’s parents to see the parades (I still love a good parade). I love the 5 ideas you have suggested. The Home Spa idea is very appealing.

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      I do hope you give yourself a home spa. I know Labor Day is not an Indian holiday, however, a women who works as hard as you do, deserves a home spa this weekend.

  5. Bravo! And you even included something about our hometown Seattle, WA. Since returning we’ve had to get reacquainted with the events around town. Ah-h-h The home Spa my favorite. A great get away if you’re alone or with a Spouse. You shared a little something for everyone. 🙂

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      Robin, really appreciate your reply. we sure did try to present something for everyone regardless where someone lives. I do hope you do the home spa as a treat in your own recovery. Enjoy getting reacquainted with Seattle. Was there once & fell in love with it.

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  6. A pampering day! What a super idea! I also like the idea of going to a movie, fairs and festivals. The Minnesota State Fair always runs over Labor Day weekend, but it’s been years and years since I attended. Mostly, here in the Keys, Labor Day means staying off the road for locals! Thanks for some great ideas.

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  7. I tend to forget about these holidays and work just like usual, probably because I work from home, so if I’m home, why not work? This year, though, I think I’ll take in a movie. I’ve heard a lot of good things about The War Room, so I plan on seeing that.

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      Carol Rundle, I so understand & I will probably do the same. I want to design some pieces for our holiday collection, have 1 dinner out and maybe a movie. Enjoy.

  8. So many ideas!!! We’ve already got one day planned out and that’s to sail out to Stellwagon Bank where there are always lots of whales to see. The other days will mostly likely be spent at home enjoying the last few quiet days of summer. maybe a little binge watching too.. “

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  9. Such a plethora of great ideas in this post! As a solopreneur with a day job, I LOVE three-day weekends for a change of pace. Our band is often booked during holiday weekends as we are this weekend. We’re playing the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana, which is always a fun time. It’s such a treat for me to get to play music with my hubby and entertain audiences at the events they’ve chosen to attend for their weekend family fun!

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  10. Labor Day Celebration! It calls for a respite for days’ long work activities, tedious or easy. Each one of us deserves a break! Grab the moment set by the government! Thanks for enumerating the different ways or outdoor activities. What a well-researched history of celebrating such important worker’s event! This is an important reminder to contemplate on the essence of a Labor Day celebration.

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  11. There is always lots to do and as it’s view as the end of another summer, there is something to be said for just relaxing. For years it was one of the most hectic weekends for me, no time to relax long hours and sometimes not enough of them. Yes working in the retail industry where schools supplies were the number one priority, Labor Day weekend for me now is just, let me sit back have a beer and relax.

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      Welcome to our blog and thanks Joe Butka for your comment. I remember when I worked a full-time job outside of home, I just wanted to do as little as possible on a holiday. Now, self-employed from home, I tend to use the time for some relaxation and work- either catch up or get ahead. I believe your partner Gisele is hoping for some long walks.

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  12. I love your blog and your ideas on Labor Day Weekend! I’d like to watch a movie with my wife. We have been saying to watch a movie together last two years (since my daughter was born). I’d like to try it. We both want to watch “theory of everything”. As I said, I always enjoy reading your blogs. Thanks a lot Roslyn:)

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      Appreciate your comment, Kaz. y hubby and I recently watched “Teory of Everything ” on tv, I enjoyed it, he did not, so it would be interesting to hear your reaction. I think it’s important in a relationship to keep the ‘couple’ part going once you become parents, so I hope the two of you do enjoy something together over the Labor Day holiday.

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  13. Wonderful post, Roslyn! It inspired so so memories of Labor Days gone by. Love that you mentioned the binge watching of series or movies. My husband and I have watched 3 episodes of a series in a row before, but that was in the cold weather.

    This weekend, I will be spending quality time with family including a mini trip to our local cider mill to pick apples. I will probably try to squeeze in some work in the early morning hours.

    I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend, my friend!

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      Appreciate your comment, Robin Strohmaier. Sounds like you have a nice holiday weekend planned out. I know I will be working, creating necklaces, drafting blogs and do intend to get some down time.

  14. Our bank holiday was last weekend, and it’s very much viewed as either an opportunity for a last minute break or time to get everything in order before the kids go back to school. Labor Day in the US sounds so much fun. I must make sure I’m there next year!

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      Welcome to our blog. Thanks, Denyse Whillier for your comment. Yes, there are many happenings in the US to celebrate Labor Day and many use it to relax or get ready for school.

  15. It’s Sunday morning here in Edmonton, Canada. We’ve had a beautifully warm summer but this weekend is cool-sh and rainy. So, I’m taking the hunkering down approach with a few good movies and…that spa approach. I usually go into the river valley –like a big forest outside my condo with long, meandering river for a hike or bike ride. Not today, feeling lazy.

    Your blogs are better than Tourism USA, Roz!

  16. Love this blog..so much to do out there. I was at the LARGEST Scottish Games in the US… in Pleasanton, California. We help set up the fairgrounds and then enjoy the festival, the drum majors, the many pipe bands, heavy games, shinty and soccer, living history actors who camp all weekend and share, as well as clan tents for all clans… not to forget the celtic music of live bands, heritage food, sheep dog herding and more.

  17. I especially love the idea of pampering oneself over the holiday weekend 🙂 Maybe I will treat hubby and me to a couples massage next time we have a holiday weekend!
    Also – Binge watching via Netflix is my favorite “lazy time” activity!!! :-p

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  18. I love these suggestions. My husband and I were just talking about what we were planning on doing this weekend. We decided to paint our son’s room. And, then go to the movie or something. He has an extra day off so we need to take advantage of that. Thanks for sharing.

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      Exactly what we were thinking about Sabrina Quairoli was offering some ideas for that extra day off. Painting a room when you have a little extra time is less stressful than fitting it in. So glad we were in alignment. Enjoy a movie & whatever else you do.

  19. What great ideas! I have to say the pampering one sounds wonderful. But I’ll be doing what I’m usually doing on my days off–going to a dog show! Lol. This one’s in Biloxi though, so it should be fun and the food, fantastic 🙂

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      It does sound Susan Mary Malone that you will be doing what you love. Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to squeeze in a little pampering for yourself. Enjoy.

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      Thanks for your comment. Getting some blogs done Renee Groskreutz is a great idea. I would also suggest you schedule something non-work related. It’s recommended to have a balance of work & leisure on a weekend.

  20. This weekend I ‘volunteered’ to look after my daughter’s three animals, so I don’t plan to go too far from home. Reading about Hermosa Beach again, it really popped for me and it sounds like something I’d love to do. There are so many interesting shows on Netflix that I’d love to watch, so I will add some of that into my weekend plans! I am keen to see the new movie “The LIght Between Oceans” too, as it looks amazing! If I was near you in New York, the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival sounds incredible too! Something you and I could do together and enjoy. 🙂 Happy Labour day to all!

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      Beverley Golden, it sounds as though you will have a very nice weekend if you get to do the activities you are thinking of. And I do wish we lived closer too.

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      Reba Linker, there is always so much to choose from in NYC and it often seems less congested as ‘natives’ go away for their last summer weekend. Enjoy whatever strikes your fancy.

  21. So many wonderful choices for things to do on your Labor Day. The festivals and craft fairs sound wonderful and I love that you included some self-care with a home spa. I’m very keen to start watching Grace and Frankie – I adore both those actors. Working hard sure still does have value for me, but isn’t it wonderful we are not forced to work such long hours anymore?

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      Thanks so much Tamuria , for chiming in on the festivities. I always enjoyed going to a craft show never guessing I would someday be a vendor. Somehow having a third day on a weekend sets it up as an instant vacation. Be it a movie, tv series, outdoor concert, home spa, reading a book or painting a room it seems like there is more time for it all.

  22. So many options! We’ll be spending Labor Day weekend with friends. It will be a great time for some R&R with friends, and no doubt some good food. My friend hosting the party is a graduate of Cordon Bleu as well as pastry and sushi school. No pressure on taking a dish to share whatsoever! LOL

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  23. Having an extra day off is special and you certainly have given us plenty of ideas. Thanks for reminding me of the special events like being out on the water during the Labor Day celebrations on Long Island. I’ll haven’t checked our local events as yet. I’m sure I’ll find something, if not I can just as easily stay home and luxuriate at the pool.

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      Ahh Joyce Hansen, you got the message. Luxuriate sounds delightful & there are always so many ways to accomplish that. I haven’t decided yet how my 3 days will go just yet. Enjoy whatever you do.

  24. Roslyn,
    Good article about things to do on Labor Day Weekend. I’m looking forward to spending it with family and relaxing. Not working is nice for a change, I will probably go to the parade in Jersey.

    Lori English

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      I agree Lori English not working, having time to be with family and friends is a very nice way to spend the holiday. Hope it doesn’t rain on the parade as forecasted.

  25. Oh wish we had a Craft Fair near where i live. My husband and son are out in nature, so I am working on my crafting area…cleaning and organizing and it feels great. Happy Labor Day, Ros.

  26. Roz – I loved the advice about “if you’re solo – make it special.” I mean, what’s the alternative? Show ourselves that we don’t mean much? Yet how many of us would say, “Since it’s just me, why bother?” BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH IT! Also, I’d never heard of the Fiesta Hermosa, but it’s on my bucket list now. Thanks!

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      Thanks, Joan Potter for appreciating our selections. I think a ‘spa’ treat, be it cause you are solo or in a relationship, be it at home or out is always a lovely activity to show self-love. Enjoy the holiday.

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