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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.