On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday of each September, Labor Day. Through parades, speeches, and well-deserved rest, Labor Day is a time to celebrate American workers and all they have done to build our nation. So what do you do to commemorate Labor Day? Here are a few ideas of ways to truly enjoy this holiday and the end of summer.
Have a Cookout
Good food, drinks, and laughter is always a winning combination for celebrations. This is a simple and fun way to observe Labor Day. Don’t overthink it! I have a tendency to go overboard with party plans and then I can’t enjoy myself. This holiday was created for you to relax and enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a fancy, themed party just a fun gathering of family and friends. Ask everyone to bring something then chill out and appreciate the companionship of your loved ones.
Plan a Day Trip
I love to get away, even if it is just for the day. A change of scenery and experiencing something different may be just what the doctor ordered. Many cities around the country have Labor Day celebrations and you may want to join in the festivities. There are probably nearby sites that you have never visited, why not take a day to explore? I recommend waking up early to get on the road so you may enjoy your destination for as long as possible. Do a bit of research and have a plan before you leave so that your day may be fun and stress-free!
Throw a Pool/Water Party
Autumn will be upon us soon and with it comes wonderful cool weather. Soak up the last days of summer by throwing a pool or water party. If you have a pool, I’m certain that your family and friends would love an invitation to enjoy a day of fun in the sun. If you are like me and don’t have a pool, you can still have an awesome water day. Rent a water slide, fill up the water guns, get water balloons, set up sprinklers or break out the Slip-N-Slide and have a day of water wars. A water day isn’t just fun for kids, it can be wild and messy fun for everyone!
Host a Game Tournament
A little competition makes things more interesting. Whether lawn, card, board, or video games everyone is sure to have a day full of laughter and a bit of rivalry. Choose your games in advance, based on your guest list to ensure everyone can participate. Serve lots of fun finger foods and remember to join in the fun yourself. Sometimes we get so caught up in hosting an event that we forget to enjoy ourselves. You don’t have to give away prizes to the winners, but silly and cheap prizes always adds to the fun.
Enjoy a Staycation
“Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” Thanks, Winnie the Pooh! Perhaps a day of total relaxation is just what you need on your free day. Catch up on the sleep you have been longing for, read a book, binge watch a tv show you love, or have a movie marathon. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to get some takeout, put on your most comfortable clothes, and just relax. You deserve it!