As we’re getting ready to say goodbye to a less traditional summer, it’s no surprise that Labor Day, a national holiday which celebrates the achievements of the American worker, will look very different this year too. While we don’t get to enjoy the typical end-of-summer social gatherings or the weekend getaways we’re used to at this time of the year, there’s no reason not to get festive and usher in autumn in the right way.

Here are a few tips that can help you make the most of the Labor Day weekend:

1. Get festive with decorations

It’s not a true national holiday until you add some decoration to make your home feel special. Start by adding red-, white- and blue-themed festive items to your home like tablecloths and dishes which are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to fly the Stars and Stripes outside your home!

Labor Day door wreath

2. Make a new craft with the kids

Have your children make a thank you card for hard-working people they know around the neighborhood. The mailman, the firefighters or the trash collector will appreciate their gesture, and this will further teach children to appreciate the community they are living in.

3. Show solidarity to those in need

Put together a care package and donate it to your favorite charity. Some of the places that accept donations are Pickup Please, AMVETS, Salvation Army and Goodwill. Prior to making your donation, make sure to check that the charity of your choice accepts the items you intend to donate.

4. Try out a new recipe

You could try your hand at red, blue and white deviled eggs. Besides being a delicious food, this spin on the classic recipe is also pleasing to the eye. If you’ve got more time on your hands, why not make pizza from scratch? Make your crust and try out different kinds of toppings. Bonus points if you have an outdoor oven – you can turn it into a fun, outdoor family activity that everyone will enjoy!

pizza in stone oven

5. Grill your heart out

Fire up the grill and get those hot dogs cooking! In traditional Labor Day fashion, serve a side of beans cooked in a cast-iron skillet for a perfect holiday meal! Make sure to have some patriotic desert after the main meal. Just because you’re celebrating only with your family, there’s no reason you shouldn’t make it a real party!

6. Have some sprinkler fun

While Labor Day means that pool season is over, say goodbye to summer with a little sprinkler fun. It’s easy to set up and your children will thank you for it. Channel your inner child and join in the fun.

7. Bring back the camp feel with s’mores

Make a fire camp in your backyard and enjoy a delicious treat from the comfort of your home. You can get creative with the original recipe and even add fruit to the traditional graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow crowd-pleaser snack.


8. Go for a drive-in movie

Use any chance you get to leave your home and enjoy a fun evening by going to a drive-in movie theater. Just bring the popcorn and the soft drinks and you’ll spend a memorable holiday evening with your family!

Also, if you intend to keep your home clutter-free and organized, you could place your out-of-season decorations and other holiday-specific items in self-storage.

Did we help you celebrate Labor Day? Let us know in the comments section below.


Mirela is a real estate writer and lifestyle editor for Yardi. With an academic background in English and translation, Mirela now covers a range of topics including real estate trends, lifestyle and economy. Her previous experience in proofreading academic articles has inspired Mirela to choose a writing career path. In her free time, Mirela enjoys reading, but also hiking and creating art. You can contact Mirela via email.

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