As the final days of summer quickly approach, you’re probably looking forward to the penultimate summer holiday: Labor Day. We all associate it with barbeques, the occasional pool party, and summer’s last stand. But this time of year always comes with it’s own trials and tribulations. So what can you do to ensure you and your family have the very best holiday? Here are a few recommendations for ending summer on a high note with a fun and safe Labor Day.
Find Local Events (or hold your own!)
Every city from New York to San Francisco is gearing up for Labor Day weekend events—many cities have special parades or parties for the extended weekend. While Knoxville’s Boomsday may have once taken the cake, you can have just as much fun in your own neck of the woods. Checking your local newspaper or searching online according to your region can help you find great ways to enjoy the holiday. Here are a few sites offering local or regional event options:
And if all else fails, start your own party. Drag out the grill for one last summer hurrah and put on your own DIY Labor Day party.
Discover a National Treasure
Another great option for Labor Day weekend is to visit one of the 59 national parks or the many historic sites in the United States. Some offer deals or events in accordance with the holiday, too. Whether you go 5 or 50 miles to visit one these beautiful places, it is a great way to cap off the summer, and if you’re lucky, you may even learn something! Just keep a few tips in mind, if you’re looking to visit Yellowstone or Yosemite, as they can get quite busy!
Take a (Safe) Trip
Beyond staying in town or taking a day trip to see a national landmark, if you’ve set your sights on taking a long distance vacation for Labor Day, there is a lot to keep in mind, especially if you’re driving. There are so many places to see, and plenty of recommendations for how your family should spend Labor Day weekend. A lot of families take trips during the extended weekend, so keep your safety in mind as well. Behind Memorial Day, Labor Day is the second deadliest holiday for motor vehicle crashes. A combination of more drivers on the road, distracted driving, and impaired driving causes a lot of trouble. Atlanta is one of the top cities to visit, citing Civil War museums, shopping, and food bonanzas as just a few options to fill up your weekend. There are plenty of car accident lawyers in Atlanta if needed, but save yourself the trouble. Be more vigilant and be mindful of your limits while driving, so you can have more fun during your final summer vacation.
No matter where you decide to spend your final days of summer, if you use your resources and keep an open mind, you’re bound to have a fantastic Labor Day holiday with family and friends.