Labor day is just around the corner and it is one of the most-traveled weekends of the entire year. This year you might want to join the crowd traveling somewhere with a bit of sunshine and festivities. There are plenty of cities across the continental U.S. who host events on this weekend to entertain natives and tourists alike.
We have compiled a list of cities you might want to consider for your labor day plans this year. They have plenty of activities that are fun for all ages that are the perfect place to start a new tradition. Keep reading to learn about the ten best places to celebrate labor day!
10 10. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the place to be if you want to experience a hot air balloon festival this weekend. It is taking place at Callaway Resort & Gardens and you can watch a balloon glow on Friday night to start the festivities. The next day is full of balloon rides, live music, and kid-friendly activities.
You can even take a hike on some of their trails if you prefer something more lowkey. If you are into photography then you can sign up for their course, or you can go and see some amazing rides at the classic car show. This city has something for everyone and you won't be disappointed if you decide to spend your labor day weekend here.
9 9. Hamtramck, Michigan
This city in Michigan holds a labor day festival every year, and it is always epic. The featured event is the yacht club canoe races that pit different bars against one another, where one teammate pushes the other in a cart down a stretch of roadway.
Madness then ensues as patrons throw water on the contestants with buckets, chuck water balloons at them, or utilize squirt guns. The winner receives an inscribed wooden captain's wheel and the sweet taste of victory for their favorite bar. If this doesn't interest you then you can check out wrestling, the parade, or the amusements at the carnival.
8 8. Tuskahoma, Oklahoma
You can take part in the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow in Oklahoma. Visitors will learn about their tribal heritage by taking part in a multitude of activities. You can join in on a game of stickball or try your hand at some of their arts and crafts.
They also hold live demonstrations and offer buffalo tours for those interested in seeing some of the wildlife. The entire family will find something they love at this festive Native American twist to a classic holiday that celebrates the roots of our great nation.
7 7. Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland is full of fun things for you to do as they are holding the Cleveland National Air Show. This event is cool to see as your favorite aircraft whip over your head and across the water of Lake Erie. The Thunderbirds are one of the coolest flights to watch and you can even walk through numerous informative exhibits.
If this doesn't pique your interest then you can also check out the Oktoberfest which has plenty of drinking, live entertainment, and classic German food for you to try. The point is, you won't be disappointed if you choose this city to spend your labor day weekend.
6 6. Denver, Colorado
Denver holds an event every labor day weekend called A Taste of Colorado. This has been going on for over 36 years and it has only gotten better with age. You can watch plenty of live musical acts and you can keep your kids entertained in the expansive kid's zone.
Guests can purchase a VIP ticket if they prefer a separate viewing area and private food and beverage area. There is also an open market going on at the same time so you can find a souvenir or two to take back home with you.
5 5. Chicago, Illinois
If you are a fan of jazz music, then Chicago is where you should make your labor day plans. Admission into this venue is free, so you can cross that off of your list of expenses, but there are plenty of other places to spend your money.
They have food and souvenir stands for you to visit as well as an art fair going on at the same time. You should be sure to check the schedule to ensure you don't miss your favorite bands because this event lasts for a total of ten days. If you stay for the whole thing it will be a labor day you will never be able to forget.
4 4. Mammoth Lakes, California
If you prefer arts and crafts to fireworks then you should head to California for the Labor Day Festival of the Arts in Mammoth Lake. There are over 80 artists showcasing their work, and the views of the surrounding area are amazing. This venue even has a kid zone for your children to enjoy so no one is left out of the fun.
They also have aerial shows and live music performances so there is never a dull moment. You can even listen to a storyteller repeat the history of the event, so you can learn a little something on your labor day getaway.
3 3. Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah celebrates its history with the Miner's Day Parade and Celebration on Labor Day. The day starts with breakfast in the park and then turns into a fun 5k run where you can bring your very own furry friend.
They also hold a unique event called Running of the Balls where guests buy yellow golf balls that are then released at the top of Main Street. If your ball happens to be one of the first ones through the chute, then you can win a valuable prize, but if you lose you are still helping charity. They also hold a mucking and drilling competition in honor of their mining past.
2 2. Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. is the place to be on labor day because as our nation's capital it is obviously going to hold the best events. You can check out the symphony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol or try some fresh food from the farmer's market.
If reading is your thing then you should check out the Library of Congress National Book Festival where you can talk with authors about their amazing books. There are plenty of things to do with the kids as there are museums everywhere for families to enjoy.
1 1. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is ready to party this labor day with plenty of events that were made to get your blood pumping. You can attend the LUX Labor Day Rooftop Party where you can get food and drinks, as well as meet new people.
If this isn't for you then you can spend the day seeing the sights and wait until the iconic fireworks show at the end of the night. Your trip will be epic and all of your friends will be jealous they didn't decide to visit Boston this labor day weekend.