Labor Day Weekend: The 5 Best Ways to End the Summer

Memorial Day traditionally kicks off summer, which, unfortunately, tends to go by way too quickly. How could it not go by fast? Between having fun, working to stay in shape, and getting a tan over those 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which, by the way, is on September 7, there’s a lot to cram in. Despite having a busy summer, hopefully you have saved some energy to go out in a bang on Labor Day weekend, the last hurrah of summer before it’s back to reality (and eventually, cold weather).

Here are some ways to celebrate Labor Day weekend, so you feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and happy going into the fall season. Especially because you’ll know that you gave the last bit of summer your all.

But first, a Labor Day fun fact: Labor Day is actually an annual workers’ holiday that is always on the first Monday in September. The first Labor Day was in 1882, and was organized by the Central Labor Union of New York. It has since evolved to represent the summer coming to a close, and a weekend to party (even though summer doesn’t really end until the end of September).

1. Head to a beach town for the weekend

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Beach towns are fantastic, they literally breathe summer. Although this may be a little pricey because it’s, like I said, the “last weekend” of summer, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate with your significant other or a group of friends. You knock out all the “fun” summer things to do at once: go to the beach, have a fun boozy night out, relax by a pool, and spend quality time with someone (or multiple people) that you love. You will absolutely come back feeling refreshed and happy knowing you ended summer on a positive note.

2. Go to your local rooftop bar

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For those of you that prefer a staycation, you’ll definitely want to spend as much time outdoors as you can, because before you know it, fall will be here, closely followed by the freezing temperatures of winter (I just shuddered writing that). Rooftops bars are fun and relaxing, especially because most are lounge-y, and you’ll be able to enjoy some craft, refreshing summer cocktails before it’s all over.

3. Throw a party that includes a barbecue, booze, and your buddies

If you are fortunate to live in a house with a backyard or have a buddy that has a backyard with a grill, then throw a party. This is a great way to end your summer. Most of us kick off summer on Memorial Day weekend with a barbecue, so it’s only fitting that you end it on Labor Day with a barbecue as well. Also, try and come up with your own signature cocktail, if you’re feeling creative, to serve at your party.

4. Go to a water park

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Talk about going out in a splash. Going to a water park is an incredibly refreshing way to end your summer. Not only that, they’re incredibly fun. Go for the day, or better yet, spend the whole weekend.

5. When all else fails, hear to the nearest beach

Where ever this beach may be, just go. Pack a cooler with some booze and enjoy the last licks of summer. If you need some more pointers, check out how to absolutely crush your beach trip.

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