Labor Day 2017: What to Do, Wear, See and Eat!

Labor Day for me always signified the official end of the summer. With one last 3 day weekend, we get to enjoy what’s left of the warmest weather. The idea originated from Peter J. Maguire (although there are rumors that it may have been his brother Matthew who came up with the idea), a labor union leader who proposed a celebration honoring the American worker back in 1882. Labor Day always falls on the first Monday in September, apparently chosen simply because it conveniently fell between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

While the focus on organized labor may not be the main focus any longer, the holiday now marks the end of the summer and the start of the school year. If you are wondering what to do with your 3-day weekend, we’ve got a few suggestions.

Have a Labor Day Party

Oh Happy Day Pool Party
Oh Happy Day / Photos by Tracy Layne Photography / Styling by Fergi Johnson

There’s nothing like celebrating with friends and as it’s the end of the summer, why not pull out the BBQ for one last hurrah? Whether it’s an intimate gathering of just a few close friends or you invite the whole neighbourhood, get some burgers and hot dogs, invite your guests to bring a few salads, get the beer on ice and enjoy what’s left of the summer sunshine. Or you could go one step further as shared on Oh Happy Day and host one final pool party movie night!

Shop the Sales

Original Rustic Console Table by Oak Furnitureland
Original Rustic Collection by Oak Furnitureland

Of course, Labor Day Sales are the best times to get your hands on those items you have been eyeing up all summer. With most retailers clearing out what’s left of their summer stock, be sure to get a little bit of shopping done and take advantage of the new lower prices before it’s too late. Oak Furnitureland will be having sales across its ranges but we particularly love the best selling Original Rustic Range which transitions beautifully in your home from summer to autumn.

What to Wear

Summer Hogan Simple Stylings White Top and Jeans
Summer Hogan – Simple Stylings / Photos by Paige Winn Photo

The great thing about Labor Day is that it’s a relaxed and casual event. While we now know rules about wearing white after Labor Day are a little ridiculous, you might still want to take advantage of the idea with a white on white outfit that’s sure to impress. A little afraid of marking something precious? Pair your whites with denim and cute brown boots as Summer from Simple Stylings has done above. Finish it off before you leave the house with big sunglasses for a classic look that never goes out of style.

Summer Hogan Simple Stylings Denim Overalls
Summer Hogan – Simple Stylings / Photos by Paige Winn Photo

I also love how Summer has paired wide-leg denim overalls with a simple striped top and wedges. The perfect transitional outfit for the very last days of the summer months an on-trend look this Labor Day.

What to Eat and Drink


Dean and Deluca BBQ Rub
Dean and Deluca Barbeque Rub

If you are lighting up the BBQ, get a little spicy with Dean and Deluca’s Barbeque Rub. This can be slathered over steak, brisket, ribs, and chicken for a spicy, smoky, and sweet Labor Day feast.

Inspired by Charm homemade-berry-shortcake
Inspired by Charm

If there’s any time to indulge in a sweet treat, it’s on a 3-day weekend. We love the look of these patriotic Mixed Berry Shortcakes with Homemade Whipped Cream as created by Michael of Inspired by Charm. This layered dessert provides a lovely red white and blue theme to your table but the shortcakes can be made ahead and then all you have to do is assemble on the day. I can’t help but love an easy home made dessert that looks beautiful too!

Swoon Worthy Summer Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe
Swoon Worthy

Enjoy the last of the summer spoils with some iced tea cocktails which I created over on my own blog. I particularly loved the refreshing taste of Raspberry Tea Russian which combines a raspberry liquor with summer berry iced tea and vodka for the perfect end-of-summer treat.

Where to Go


And finally, there are always so many events planned for the Labor Day weekend across the nation. Check out your town’s website or look into what activities are happening in your nearest city.

In Boston, fireworks launched from a barge anchored between the North End and Seaport will light up the sky over Boston Harbor to kick off Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of fall, beginning at 8:15pm on Thursday, August 31st. You can even book a fireworks cruise boat for the very best seats in the house. Check out Boston Discovery Guide for more.

In Philadelphia, check out the Made In America Festival, a yearly musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year, JAY-Z, J. Cole and The Chainsmokers will headline the two-day festival. Read more about it at Visit Philly.

In our nation’s capital, there is a whole host of free events going on including National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2017 on Sun, September 3. Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan joins the National Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor John Morris Russell for the NSO’s annual free Labor Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

In Manchester, New Hampshire, Cruising Downtown, the annual family-friendly event, features more than 500 classic cars on display along Elm Street and offers fun and entertainment for young and old. The main stage in Veterans Park features live music all day, Featuring  Nashville Rash playing Genuine Honky Tonk Music. Check out what else is going on NH Life.

For even more events happening all over New England, check out Visit New England where you can filter your results by day and by category.


How will you be celebrating Labor Day this year? We’d love to know how you are finishing off your summer! Tag us on Instagram or tweet us on @USAOakFurniture!


Image Credits: Summer Hogan - Simple Stylings, Oh Happy Day, Oak Furnitureland, Summer Hogan - Simple Stylings, Dean and Deluca, Inspired by Charm, Swoon Worthy

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