Labor Day Celebrations


This coming weekend, Monday included, is Labor Day weekend. It started as a salute to labor and work ethic in the U.S., but has morphed into the unofficial last gasp of the summer season. It’s really a potpourri of activities more in keeping with the simple celebrations. Today, kids go back to school in many cases before Labor Day. When I was young, everyone went back to school the day after Labor Day. So even though it doesn’t have exactly the same significance, it does mean summer vacation is over. The method of celebration is somewhat diverse and I have tried to list a selection of them here. Now some may not say “Labor Day” festival specifically but they are well known to take place every year on this weekend, and therefore are Labor Day activities by default. You can spend the time at Taste of Colorado in Denver or a Stickball Tournament in San Diego, a Moonpie Contest in McCalla, AL or walking across the Mackinac Bridge in Saint Ignace, MI on the only day of the year it is open to pedestrian traffic. I listed a few of these and several others for you to visit. If there isn’t anything here in your backyard, please use the search box to find some fun things to do this holiday weekend!

Labor Day Festival Canal Winchester, OH 9/3-9/5

The festival’s activities include: a parade, games, rides, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Sidewalk Art, children’s activities, 5k run, food and live entertainment.

Taste of Colorado Denver, CO 9/2-9/5

One of the largest free outdoor festivals in the region with 3 days of over 50 restaurants, live entertainment on 7 stages, over 250 arts and crafts artisans, culinary demonstrations, a carnival and many children’s activities; both educational and fun.

Harriman Labor Day Festival Harriman, TN 9/5

Since 1988. A festival which features arts and crafts, food concessions, antique cars, musical entertainment, children’s activities, petting zoo and more.

Labor Day Catfish Festival Kingsland, GA 9/2-9/5

This festival is the catfish’s meow. Enjoy the music, entertainment, great food and childrens activities.

Labor Day Regatta Lock Haven, PA 9/3-9/5

Since 1972, enjoy nightly entertainment, power boat racing, street fairs, arts and crafts and various food concession stands. Held on the west branch of the Susquehanna River.

Labor Day Celebration and Moon Pie Contest McCalla, AL 9/5

Since 1992, a day of fun featuring rides, games, BBQ, entertainment and a moon pie eating contest.

Labor Day Weekend West Coast Stickball Tournament San Diego CA 9/3-9/5

Come and watch the streets of Little Italy come alive with the good ol’ American (East Coast) past-time: Stickball. Every year local teams come together to play for the right to call themselves the king of the block; the champions! This year San Diego Stickball League will be hosting guest teams from New York and Puerto Rico.

Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk Saint Ignace MI 9/5

Since 1958, this is the only day that pedestrians can walk across the the majestic Mackinac Bridge; the 5-mile bridge linking Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula’s at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

The Great Labor Day Cruise Costa Mesa CA 9/2-9/4

Since 1983, special custom car show for vehicles produced domestically pre-1978. Cruising is available Saturday and Sunday for registered vehicles.

Labor Day Celebration Henryetta OK 9/5

The event hosts a parade, games for all ages, concerts, carnival, rodeo, fireworks display, and a car, bike and tractor show.

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