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10 Awesome Labor Day Ideas

When you hear of Labor Day approaching, you know it’s almost the end of summer and the school holidays. It’s a time for new beginnings; new season, new school and so much more.

However, like all new beginnings, the important thing is to kick things off with a bang! Whether or not you’re excited about the end of summer, Labor Day weekend gives us the opportunity to bid summer farewell in the most memorable way ever.

The fact that Labor Day comes on a Monday makes it even better, because no work or school on Monday means a longer weekend to enjoy. A three-day weekend is definitely something most folks look forward to throughout the year.


Labor Day Ideas for a Memorable Weekend

After a weekend of fun and relaxation, we usually have Monday to blame for cutting short the fun. Come Labor Day, we have a Monday that we can look forward to!

The end of summer is kind of bittersweet, because on one really wants summer to end (let me know in case there’s somebody who does). However, it’s not really celebrating that summer is almost over, it’s merely a way to commemorate the summer that was. For most people, this is the weekend to have fun with friends and family before many go back to school.

Need ideas for Labor Day? Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to make your Labor Day as memorable and fun as possible.

Go On A Road Trip

Have you ever thought about going on a long road trip, away from the city to the countryside? Having a “3-day weekend” makes the idea of having such a trip possible.

We’re not talking about driving to a nearby city; how about a long road trip where you cover miles on miles? All you need to do is gather a few friends or family, rent a truck or a recreational vehicle (RV), and drive all the way to your destination.

Take your camping gear so that you can camp along the way. A road trip like this allows for the possibility of activities such as hiking during the day and lighting bonfires during the night as you drink beer, tell stories, and play games.

Backyard Barbecues

Looking for Labor Day BBQ ideas? A backyard barbecue is always enticing (especially if you serve our famous Pacific Northwest Jalapeno Poppers). Grab one of our extra-large Jalapeno Popper Grill Racks early to ensure you can cook enough for everyone at the same time. This Labor Day is where you get to invite close friends and family to enjoy the best BBQ cooking.

A backyard barbecue party is never complete without cold beers, so make sure you stock a lot of them. To make your party stand out, pick a specialty drink (or Mocktails work well too). Keep food plans simple so you have time to enjoy the party along with your guests.


Need Labor Day party decoration ideas? Decorate your house, lawn, or backyard with colors of the American flag during this time – try mini flags, streamers, or even string lights. Setting up Labor Day decorations is a great way for parents to bond with their kids and bring out the creativity in each person.

Go to the Movies

If there’s a great movie that recently premiered at the theatre, Labor Day is a great time to go and check it out. This also makes a perfect venue for a date. If you want to take the kids, hit the local Drive-in or Outdoor Cinema. It will still be warm enough outside to bring a few folding chairs and star gaze before the movie starts.

Pool Party

Pool parties never grow old. As a matter of fact, it seems like they only keep getting better and better with time. If you have a nice big pool at your home this is the perfect time to invite friends and jump in the cool water.

A Labor Day pool party becomes even better if you can have a themed pool party where invited guests adhere to everything in the theme including the dress code. Of course, a pool party is never complete without great music playing somewhere in the background.


Going shopping to exotic places with friends/family will definitely make this holiday fun and memorable. Of course your pockets will be a bit lighter by the time you’re finished, but the memories made will be priceless.

Labor Day Marathon

This is a great way to spend the holiday, especially if you register for the marathon (or half-marathon) with work colleagues or the whole company. A Labor Day marathon great test of fitness & endurance, while still fun.

Go To A Music Concert

The best thing about the Labor Day Weekend is that there are lots of music festivals across the country, some of which are even free! There are usually a lot of activities going on at such concerts; you can enjoy great food, kid and adult games, face painting, and so much more as you listen to live music.

Visiting the Less Fortunate

Giving back to society has always been a great way to spend the holidays. Sharing what you have with people in need and bringing a smile to their faces is life changing – for both parties!

Attend the State Fair

Are you running short on Labor Day party ideas? Attend a State Fair if it runs over the Labor Day Weekend. You'll find every kind of farm animal, carnival ride, fair food item, and other live entertainment you can think of to give you a great Labor Day weekend experience.

Attend a Labor Day Parade

Don’t forget the true meaning of Labor Day. In the late 1800’s, the holiday’s founders envisioned something very different from what the day has become. The founders were looking for two things: a means of unifying union workers and a reduction in work time.

Attend a Labor Day parade in your city, and you’ll learn a lot about your rights and privileges as a worker from various trade unionists as they march down the street with banners. Furthermore, working families get to watch fire trucks, military color guard, marching bands, horses, classic cars and dancers.

Afterwards, go to a barbecue, like the original participants did over a century ago, and celebrate having at least one day off from work during the year!


Make Your Labor Day Great

Now that you’ve got some ideas for Labor Day, go out there and put together your best Labor Day weekend yet! And, if you’re throwing a Labor Day party, check out some of the poppers and racks we make that can help you make your party a success.

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