Labor Day weekend is practically synonymous with the end of summer. It’s a chance for a final hoorah, before the temps start cooling down and days get shorter. Think: lake days, firework shows, beach sunsets, scenic hikes, and breezy cities. You'll make happy memories in these places...
Check out this southern city, with all its exquisite architecture, dining hotspots, boutiques, state parks and more. Be sure to make a visit to the Birthplace of Girls Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, shop along Broughton Street, and throw a Frisbee at Forsyth Park. There are ample museums to visit, including the oldest public art museum in the Southeast, the Telfair Museum. Board a trolley to get the full Savannah experience. Over the holiday, there will be a Tybee Island beach bash with parties by the ocean, a Bacon Fest at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, and an International Trade and Convention show with a silent disco. The town’s Labor Day fireworks show will start at 9:15 Sunday evening.
You’re in Colorado, which means infinite outdoor activities, awesome food, and the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Over Labor Day weekend, artists/bands such as Atmosphere, Jason Mraz, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will play shows at the venue. In addition to great tunes, you’ll watch the sunset fade beyond the red rock, as the stars come out. Aside from concerts, be sure to check out the local botanical garden, the Denver Art Museum, and the Rino arts district for plenty of shops and restaurants. Brave the long line at Snooze for the world’s best brunch, ride a bike or have a picnic along Confluence paved trails, browse a wide array of vinyl records at Twist and Shout, and indulge in as many Colorado breweries as you can. P.S. If you’re a runner, keep in mind the Labor Day Mini Marathon is this September 3rd.
Charleston, North Carolina
Charleston in and of itself is lovely, with moss dangling from trees in the yards of eloquent homes. Beyond the architecture and aesthetic, are the beaches, shopping, and top-notch restaurants. Be sure to make a trip to Folly Beach, just 15 miles from downtown, where you can surf, paddleboard, kayak or walk along the pier. Or, make your way to Sullivan’s Island, a peaceful white sands beach. (Keep in mind there are no lifeguards or bathrooms, so it’s not ideal if you’re traveling with small children.) Wander the beautiful Hampton Park, and be sure to get a glimpse of Angel Oak — a massive tree that stands 66 feet tall on Johns Island.
Saratoga Springs, New York
Head to the State Park for a day relaxing in mineral baths, or see a show at its Performing Arts Center. Though no artists seem to be performing over Labor Day weekend, extend your visit for the Wine and Food Festival, which begins September 7, and reel in autumn the right way. Head to the lake for a private cruise, or bring a raft of your own for some end-of-summer sunshine soaks. Finish your day at Druthers Brewing Company, for excellent burgers and brews. And of course, since you’re in New York, why not take a trip to the Big Apple why you’re at it?
Spend a long weekend in the Windy City and watch fireworks blast from the Navy Pier. Be sure to book tickets for the Chicago Jazz Festival and North Coast Music Festival, both of which take place over the holiday. Make a visit to one of Chicago’s countless museums, stroll through Millennium Park, and ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier for a 360-view of the city and shoreline of Lake Michigan. This Labor Day, there are a number of events to book, including cocktail cruises and concerts. And is it really a trip to Chicago without a selfie in front of its iconic Bean statue? No, it’s not.
This bluegrass gem is so much more than a place for thoroughbred horses – although you won’t want to miss checking out the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park. Take a stroll through Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, and wander around the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored shaker village in the world. Drink up some of the state’s iconic bourbon, enjoy ample five-star restaurants and bars, and explore art galleries in downtown. Take a trip to the nearby Taylorsville Lake, for a day filled with floating along the lake with beer in hand, or watersports like skiing and tubing. Here, there will certainly be plenty of barbeque, makeshift noisemakers and fireworks for Labor Day celebrations.
So there you have it. Grab some friends or family, and yourself an end-of-summer bash and travel to any of these funky spots for a last hoorah.