On September 5th 1882, New York City first celebrated Labor Day, a day that working men and women could enjoy time off work with their families and take part in citywide festivities. Today, we look forward to the holiday as an official summer sendoff and one last “hoorah” for vacations, parties…and summertime boating! If you want to get in one last trip on this long weekend, consider one of the popular destinations below.
Labor Day has an especially patriotic feel to it; it started in the nation’s metropolitan hub and celebrates the American cornerstones of work and family life. Why not celebrate the weekend at the capital? Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas are hosting a wide variety of events, from a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra to the annual D.C. Blues Festival.
And don’t forget to check out the water scene! For boaters, the Office of Historic Alexandria is hosting a War of 1812 Signature Event, including a yacht race on Sunday morning. The nearby Potomac River is a great spot to check out, whether you’re bringing a kayak or your sport yacht (there are many ramps for larger boats, especially around Little Falls).
Catalina Island, California
For those by the US southwest coast, Catalina Island’s a boater’s paradise not too far from mainland. Avalon Bay is the most popular spot for yachts and sailboats, and is adjacent to restaurants, resorts, and the Catalina Casino. As for the views, you’ll find sparkling waters surrounded by some of the state’s most beautiful characteristic hills.
If a Florida vacation is more your style, this Florida Keys city might be perfect for you. The area offers year-round fishing and boating (in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico) and traditional Florida Keys charm—but for Labor Day, they’re stepping it up a notch. The weekend will feature a Heroes Salute to honor military, medical personnel, fire and rescue and law enforcement, as well as an “All-American Barbecue,” country music concert, fireworks and more.