Labor Day is right around the corner! While this is the bittersweet marking of the end of summer, it’s one last chance to enjoy some of the best memories of the season yet. So how will you celebrate?
If you haven’t finalized your plans yet or are having a hard time finding something that sounds fun and exciting for your family, let us help you with some inspiration! Here is a list of 7 creative ways you might choose to enjoy Labor Day 2015!
Throw an all-white party
Whether this fashion “rule” needs to be followed or not, it’s been a longstanding tradition to pack up your white shorts, pants and shoes after the passing of Labor Day. Why not give your family and friends a last chance to wear their favorite white outfit for your own all-white Labor Day party? Invite guests to wear as much of this color as possible and give out some prizes to people who take it to the extreme.
Give back to the community
Next, consider forgoing the traditional backyard BBQ or picnic in exchange for volunteering your time at a local event or charity. Holidays like Christmas and Easter are popular times for people to help at soup kitchens or homeless shelters, but Labor Day is just as good as a time as any to roll up your sleeves and get involved in your community. Best of all, you’ll really show your appreciate for the meaning behind the day by donating some of your labor and skills to people who can benefit from it.
Pay homage to the holiday
A holiday is more than just a day off work or school. Dig deeper into the meaning of Labor Day and share the experience with your children. Brainstorm your favorite or most interesting jobs and pretend to take on that role for the day. Do you have a child who wishes to be an astronaut or a train conductor? Visit a local museum and learn about the history of the profession. Then tie it in to an art project that showcases what you learned!
Enjoy a local attraction you’ve never visited before
Have you let summer pass you by without knocking most of those exciting activities off of your bucket list? Use Labor Day as another chance to explore your local area and enjoy no-cost fun for the whole family. In Central PA, there are countless museums, parks, trails and lakes. A very popular summer activity is tubing on the Yellow Breeches! Take a family vote of the activities that interest you the and plan an active day enjoying the outdoors.
Make it a “family staycation” weekend
Many people choose to get out of town for Labor Day weekend. If you’ve done this most of the years, why not switch it up in 2015 and stay home. That’s right, your own backyard can be just as exciting with a little thought and creativity. Invite some friends into town for the weekend and make use of your entertaining space. Relax, keep your plans low-key and enjoy how carefree it can be to stay right at home for the holidays.
Turn a festival or parade into an educational adventure!
Labor Day is a great occasion to attend a parade or festival. Take this holiday activity one step further by engaging your family in an educational activity. Create a scavenger hunt for your friends or children and team up to tackle the list. Take photos to document your findings and share your funny stories over a backyard BBQ later in the day.
Finally, spend Labor Day soaking up the sun and getting wet! Traditionally, most pools will close after this holiday so there has never been a better excuse to get to your local water park or pool and cool off with friends. If the cost and crowds of a public place doesn’t seem too appealing, make your own splash zone right in your back yard! Water balloons, a garden hose and some tarp for a slip and slide are all the items you need for a wet and wild Labor Day.
How do you plan to celebrate Labor Day this year? Share your ideas and help to inspire others!