Labor Day is one of the USA’s biggest annual celebrations, paying tribute to workers and their achievements. There’s always a range of excellent value Labor Day deals across the US with plenty going on.
Booking.com have pulled together a list of the top 5 US cities to visit this year on Labour Day weekend.
New York City, New York
A Labor Day Weekend in New York City is a triumphant one, with a range of events that put a different spin on this national celebration. While it’s the city that never sleeps, NYC is certainly quieter than usual on Labor Day weekend – meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to rent a bike for a peaceful cycle around the grassy expanse that is Central Park or over the Brooklyn Bridge.
If you plan well, you can even combine a cycle with a visit to one of NYC’s beaches or public pools (many stay open over the weekend but are closed on Labor Day). Treat yourself to a stay at the Chambers Hotel, right off Central Park.
‘The Big Peach’, or Atlanta, is an excellent destination choice for Labor Day Weekend because of the sheer variety of related events. For sports fans, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a Labor Day tradition where top college football clubs battle it out with some of the country’s premier teams. Meanwhile, if you’re a sci-fi fan then Dragon Con is a must. It’s the largest multimedia pop culture convention in the world, where you can watch the stormtrooper-filled Dragon Con Parade, play absolutely any board game or video game you can imagine, or simply visit as an excuse to dress up as your favourite fictional character.
Chicago has long lured music-lovers to its windy shores and Labor Day Weekend puts music front and centre of its celebrations. The Chicago Jazz Festival (which begins on September 1st and ends on September 4th this year) is a free festival dedicated to jazz legends and contemporary greats. It’s also Chicago’s oldest lakefront celebration – so head to Millennium Park on Labor Day for a seat. Then there’s the North Coast Music Festival on Chicago’s Northerly Island that brings together a range of electronic music acts.
Los Angeles, California
If you’re in Los Angeles for the weekend, you’ll find that Labor Day events here tend to capitalise on the city’s perennially sunny weather and cinematic culture. Expect a number of outdoor film screenings (many hosted by Rooftop Cinema Club) of classics like Top Gun and My Neighbour Totoro. There’s also the Cinecon Classic Film Festival, a nostalgic journey through Hollywood’s classic black-and-white films. It takes place from Thursday 1st September to Monday 5th September 2022 at the historic and opulent Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre.
A city celebrated for its beer, coffee, culinary scene, and outdoors-ey local lifestyle – Portland is also a great place to celebrate Labor Day. Expect food trucks selling fare like the lip-smackingly good Thai doughnuts (Pa Thong Ko) at the Bluebird ThaiPDX food cart in Multnomah French Quarter, and savoury treats such as sweet potato falafel. If the latter wasn’t enough of a sweet fix, other city hotspots for fueling up for the festivities include Voodoo Doughnuts and Blue Star Donuts. There’s also a charming farmers’ market put on for Labor Day. Refresh with a cup of fine Portland coffee, beer from a local craft brewery, or perhaps at one of the many wine tastings available as part of the Labor Day fun.