Labor Day is just around the corner. You know what that means… grilling, music, and one last party before the warmth gives way to fall. While Labor Day is not technically the end of summer (that would be September 22nd), it is the symbolical end for many of us. Here are some fun weekend trips to help you bid adieu to summer!
Boomsday Festival, Tennessee. Celebrate twenty-two years of jaw-dropping fireworks with 400,000 of your closest friends. It’s fantastic! It’s fun! And it’s free! 2009 Chrysler Jeep Boomsday Festival is thirty breathtaking minutes of fireworks and more. The afternoon is filled with fun, so come early to enjoy all the festivities, food, and great live music.
Washington D.C. Labor Day Event. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert is led by NSO Associate Conductor Emil de Cou and the event is part of the Kennedy Center’s Prelude Festival, which includes free performances to kickoff the performing arts season in Washington, DC. This year’s program is to include Copland’s Lincoln Portrait in honor of the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth.
Luckenbach, Texas. Once again, the tiny town of Luckenbach, made nationally famous by a Willie Nelson song, will be hosting its Labor Day Celebration. It will be a weekend full of celebration, live music, fun, and cold beer. Kicking the weekend off will be Thomas Michael Riley and Band performing in the legendary dance hall.
Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon starts at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, runs through the scenic Virginia Beach oceanfront and finishes on the spectacular oceanfront boardwalk. Participants will be treated to fourteen stages along the 13.1-mile course, featuring twenty local bands as well as sixteen local high school cheerleading squads spaced approximately every mile. At the finish line, participants and spectators can munch on tasty treats and sip frosty beer while they lounge on the sand listening to the finish line feature bands.
Bumbershoot Seattle. This is a huge three-day Party that celebrates the end of Summer with a spectacular showcase of more than 2500 Artists, displaying their Eclectic and Cultural Masterpieces from all over the world. Seattle Center plays host to this year’s Bumbershoot Festival … creating a 74-acre Playground where folks can celebrate all of the festivities. You can enjoy a world-class Film Festival, learn some new Dance Steps, rub shoulders with renowned Authors and Artists, or just sit-back on the side-lines and enjoy one the fun Parades.
Detroit Jazz Fest. Of course one of the most highly anticipated Labor Day Festivals is the three-day Detroit Jazz Fest that inspires musicians all over the nation. Motor City enjoys hosting this event that so incredibly says a grand farewell to summer. In addition, Detroit hosts a Labor Day Parade filled with aspiring talent from local high schools and activity clubs. Both the Detroit Jazz Fest and the Detroit Labor Day parade have no admission fees.
Chicago Jazz Fest. The longest running of the city’s lakefront music festivals. For the past thirty years, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day weekend tradition. What began as concerts to remember jazz greats Duke Ellington and John Coltrane has turned into an annual celebration of jazz music that is not to be missed. The festival celebrates the city’s rich Jazz heritage and showcases the diverse talent of local, national and international musicians, with several different genres of jazz music represented throughout the celebration, the festival attracts both locals as well as tourists from around the world.
Sausalito Art Festival. If you find yourself in the Bay area over Labor Day weekend then check out this fabulous festival. You will find lots of activities, great wine, lots of delicious food and lots of opportunities to meet new people. There is also plenty of fine art for viewing and for purchase. Go celebrate, promote, and acknowledge the many local artists that call California home.
P.S. Can’t make it out of town for Labor Day and want a delicious salad that goes well with your labor day grilled meat? Here you go …
1/2 to 3/4 pounds of finely ground Peccorino Romano cheese
1 cup of olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
4 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
6 cloves of garlic, pressed with pulp and all juice
Mixed baby greens
Blend all ingredients together by hand. Add dressing and toss gently to coat each leaf of greens. Salt and pepper (fresh ground is preferable) to taste.
Easy and delicious!