Out of all the most popular holidays in the United States, most of them have very clear ways to celebrate, like trick or treating for Halloween or watching fireworks on Independence Day. When it comes to how to celebrate Labor Day, your options are much more open.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 as a celebration of American workers. It’s celebrated the first Monday in September, making it a long weekend that many use to celebrate the end of summer.
Since Labor Day doesn’t have a predetermined celebration, you’re free to start your own tradition or try something new. Here are some fun ideas for how to throw a Labor Day party that will have you counting down the days until next summer!
Wet and Wild Party
What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a water-themed party? Whether you keep it simple with a pool party or go a little wild with inflatable water slides, everyone loves to cool off in the water on a warm summer day. There are so many fun water items you can incorporate, like sprinklers, water guns, and water balloons. Tell your guests to bring their bathing suits and get ready for a good time!
Picnics are the perfect way to enjoy a summer day. Bring your blankets, plates, and utensils to a beautiful outdoor location and have all your friends bring their favorite dishes to share. You could even choose a theme for the food or make it competitive with guests voting for their favorite dish, with a prize going to the winner.
Fun and Games Party
Game nights are beloved for a reason, so make it an all-day affair! A fun and games party is exactly what it sounds like, a good time with plenty of games to go around for all your guests. These can be board games, lawn games like cornhole or oversized Jenga, or even carnival games. You can spring for prizes or just enjoy a little friendly competition.
Beach Bonfire Party
Labor Day weekend is a popular time to go to the beach and soak up some summer sun. Take it up a notch with a beach bonfire party. Make sure you go to a location where bonfires are allowed. Gather your friends, spend the day in the sunshine getting your bonfire ready. As the sun sets, put on some music and enjoy the moment. Then at nighttime, light your bonfire, make some smores, and spend some quality time with the people you love.
Music makes everything better! That’s why a karaoke party is such a fun way to celebrate Labor Day. You can make it family-friendly during the day with snacks and plenty of kids’ songs. Or keep it to just the adults with some cocktails and canapes. You’ll want to keep your phone close, as you’ll have some amazing photo opportunities to capture.
Since Labor Day is a celebration of all the hard work that Americans do, some pampering can be just the thing to unwind and relax. This idea can be simple with some face masks and cucumber water, or more elaborate with manicures and pedicures. Put on a Zen playlist in the background, serve up some light snacks, and soothe your soul with some spa treatments.