Labor Day

Sure, Labor Day has come to be synonymous with the beach and end-of-summer parties, but it’s actually a holiday with more industrious beginnings. In 1882, the first Labor Day was held in New York City to create a holiday for workers, thanks to the efforts of the Central Labor Union; the group wanted a day to allow the public to appreciate and acknowledge the work of the trade and labor organizations. Made a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day has become more and more celebratory throughout its 120 years and often features parades, music, food, and all-around festivities. Many of the biggest parades occur in smaller cities throughout the country, so if you’re still looking for something to do before we say farewell to summer, consider a trip to these locales! These eight parades are sure to make for an afternoon of family-friendly fun!

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte

Charlotte may be a bustling city these days, but it still retains its southern charm. Freedom Park, the Rosedale Plantation, and one of the country’s best symphony and operas can all be found in this lovely North Carolina destination. The historic city will be celebrating the three-day weekend by hosting a Labor Day Parade with the theme “An old-fashioned parade, union-made!” Next Monday, the parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Hal Marshall Center. Expect to see local union floats, beauty queens, and political candidates.

Stay: Charlotte Marriott City Center

The Charlotte Marriott City Center hotel is a quick 13-minute walk to the parade starting point. The hotel boasts spacious rooms, the acclaimed Savannah Red Restaurant, and a cool cigar bar.

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Foto Friday: Labor Day Beach

by Hilary on September 2, 2011

Castle Kiahuna Plantation Beach Bungalows Kauai, Hawaii

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Looks pretty nice. Enjoy the long weekend!

Castle Kiahuna Plantation Beach Bungalows

Castle Kiahuna Plantation Beach Bungalows

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The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

If you’re looking to get away for Labor Day, don’t fret — some of our favorite hotels are on sale now for the holiday weekend. We’ve already told you about our great finds in Miami and Los Angeles, but if you’re looking to cable-car your way down Lombard Street or visit iconic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Haight-Ashbury, you’re covered now, too — check out our favorite San Francisco hotels that are on sale now for Labor Day and book today! Read More »

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Last week, we showed you some great hotel deals for Labor Day weekend in Miami. But for those of you heading to the Pacific Coast for your long weekend, we’ve thought we’d help you out by giving you a list of Los Angeles hotels that are on sale right now. And each sale we’re telling you about is for one of our favorite hotels in L.A., so you know you’re in good hands. These sales won’t last all summer, so be sure to book now if you want to enjoy your Labor Day on the beach at a reduced price.

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