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.
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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