5 Fantastic Destinations for Labor Day

Head out to these fun, cool spots for your holiday

By , , , , and ; published Tuesday, August 21st, 2012



Myrtle Beach

Labor Day weekend represents the end of the summer tourist season in Myrtle Beach, so this holiday is celebrated by locals and visitors alike. There are several festivities scheduled for the Grand Strand over the weekend:

* Barefoot Landing says goodbye to summer on Saturday with its final free fireworks show of the season. Fireworks start exploding above Barefoot Lake at 10 p.m.

Fireworks explode over Lake Broadway at Broadway at the Beach

* Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival: What more can you want in a Labor Day Weekend event than music, dancing, barbecue and the beach? Visit Market Common for three days of live beats and smoked meats at this free festival. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

* Broadway at the Beach Labor Day Extravaganza: This four-day festival gets under way Friday with the comic-juggling of the Bryan Dangerous Comedy Show, followed by live music by JAH Creation Reggae Band. The shows continue all weekend, capped by a huge fireworks display.
* End of Summer Celebration: Surfside Beach bids farewell to summer on Sunday. Starting at 5 p.m., live music and concessions will be provided at the Surfside Pier. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or beach blanket.


Labor Day weekend in Boston is always a busy one! With the student "invasion" beginning, and many apartments rentals changing hands, the streets are lined with moving vans. Giving you reason to get around on the MBTA ("T" to locals) rather than attempting to navigate the crazy city blocks, many of which will likely be blocked.

Or, better yet, get out of the city and enjoy one of the many activities taking place this weekend.  The last official weekend for open beaches, you can be sure the area's best will be packed with sun worshipers seeking that one final fix. Make your way to the South Shore, Cape Cod, or the North Shore for a harbor side retreat. For those looking for a taste of the 16th Century, King Richard's Faire in Carver will take you back in time for some Renaissance fun. Or if you're crafty at heart, the New England Arts and Crafts Festival in Topsfield is for you. 


Labor Day marks the last long weekend of the summer and all three territories and ten provinces in Canada celebrate this holiday. No matter what your idea of the perfect long weekend looks like, Vancouver has much to offer. Feeling like getting away from the city to enjoy some quiet time by the lake and escape the bustling crowds? Harrison Hot Springs and lake is about an hour and a half from Vancouver and you can choose to rent a condo, cabin or stay in one of the hotels in Harrison. From there you will enjoy gorgeous views, a crisp swim in the lake, plenty of water to buzz around on in a boat and quiet blissful nights. Whistler, Bowen Island and the Okanagan are all great getaways, too!

Just as some Vancouverites use this long weekend to rent a cabin or go camping somewhere, plenty stay in town to enjoy the festive celebrations. The Fair at the PNE runs in the later summer months and has a ton of action going on daily. On Monday, September 3, 2012 Olivia Newton John will be performing at 8pm. Spend the day on the rides, playing games, watching the SuperDogs (they really are super) and Peking Acrobats, and listen to live music before settling in and grabbing a spot to watch Ms. Newton John do her thing.

The PNE at night
Photo Credit: PNE/Playland (Facebook)

Granville Island is another place that draws in happy crowds for various Labor Day celebrations. It's the perfect place to grab some picnic and BBQ ingredients and spend the day on one of Vancouver's sandy beaches where you can relax and enjoy the day off from work. The only 'hard labor' you should be doing is deciding on what to do over the long weekend.


Labor Day may signal the close of the summer season, but in Denver, it’s a kick-off for the spectacular Rocky Mountain fall. Denver opens up the calendar packing it full of fun (and free) festivals, professional sports, live music, and an abundance of family-friendly activities. Start your Labor Day at Civic Center Park during the popular “Taste of Colorado,” purchasing taste tickets for 50 of Colorado’s favorite restaurants, strolling amongst 250 vendor booths, and listening to live music.  

Taste of Colorado
Photo Credit: VISIT Denver

Many families congregate at the fountain allowing the kids to run through the refreshing jets. Other things to do in Denver during Labor include taking in a Colorado Rockies baseball game at Coors Field or escape the heat and get a history lesson at any of Denver's intriguing museums, including Denver Art Museum or the History Colorado Center.


In Memphis, music is story of our lives, where every individual has rhythm and no one dances alone. The Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music and Heritage Festival celebrates the city's passion for music in a family-friendly, two-day street fair that brings musicians and dancers from across the South together to celebrate our Southern roots, which can include everything from street hip-hop to Chinese dragon dancers.

The Chinese dancing group Five Golden Flowers performs "Daughter of the River" for a crowd on Main Street at the Center for Southern Folklore's 2010 Memphis Music and Heritage Festival.
Photo Credit: Jim Weber/ The Memphis Commercial Appeal

The festival, scattered through downtown's Main Street, offers musical performances on five stages. Dance groups often take the the street to perform, and festival-goers can peruse artisan jewelry, pottery and other handcrafted goods, as well as sample Southern delicacies. A variety of family-friendly acts fill the morning performance slots, and adults will enjoy the more grown-up vibe to the street festival as the hour grows late.



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