5 Ways to Recharge this Labor Day

Originally, Labor Day was intended recognize and celebrate the strength of our country’s trade and labor organizations. Now, well, it’s typically represented by a day off from work and a cook out or two. AAA reports that more people will travel this Labor Day than they have since 2008—34.1 million people will take a trip of 50 miles or more. Recognized as the traditional end of summer, many of us have something planned for the holiday weekend. If not, here are some ideas.

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  1. Take a hike. With travel estimates reaching new highs, it may be wise to have a quiet, and relaxing, weekend at home. A family hike is a great way to reconnect with your loved ones, and if you want to cap off the day with a BBQ, the extra activity will keep you from feeling too guilty.
  2. Parades and festivals. Because of Labor Day’s history, there’s almost always a community event happening over the course of the weekend. Whether it’s a parade, a fair or a festival, check out your local newspapers to see what’s happening around you.
  3. Backyard camping. If you, or your little ones, aren’t quite ready to spend an entire night in the woods, backyard camping is a great compromise! You can pitch a tent, tell ghost stories and even make s’mores. The best part? You can always go back in the house if there’s an emergency.
  4. Catch a movie. For a rainy Labor Day, a movie day may be the way to go. Whether you want to go to a theater or pile blankets and pillows on the living room floor, a movie marathon is a great way to keep yourself entertained when the weather isn’t cooperating.
  5. BBQ master. Sometimes, tradition is best. A cookout with family and friends is a great way to end the summer in style. Cut down on your own work by asking everyone to contribute a dish. If you need ideas for some new recipes, check out Food Network’s extensive idea collection.

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