How to

Celebrate Labor Day

How to Celebrate Labor Day

The end of summer is unofficially marked by Labor Day, the first Monday in September. From cookouts to pool parties to beach trips, there’s a lot of excitement around this three-day weekend. The holiday has been around since 1882, and is a day to honor the achievements and progress made by American workers throughout history. Celebrate your well-earned day off work with these ideas from Pottery Barn, which honor the holiday and say see you later to summer.

Host a White Color Party

What was once considered a fashion faux pas, the old “don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule is now widely broken. However, it's still fun to nod to this holiday tradition with a monochromatic party. Get guests to dress in all-white, outfit your tables with white linens and decor, and serve up coconut margaritas that will blend in perfectly with this color scheme.

Hit the Beach

With fall just around the corner and school almost (or already) back in session, pack your luggage and head off to the beach for the weekend. Load up the cooler with ice and refreshing drinks, spread out beach towels and enjoy your holiday in the sun.

Watch a Parade

Check your local community calendar for Labor Day weekend events, and invite your friends, family and neighbors to participate in the fun. Parades are popular this weekend, and often feature marching bands, dancers, floats and candy for the kids. Bring comfortable folding chairs and ice-cold drinks, then sit back and enjoy the show ­– just remember to get there early to snag a good spot along the route.

Have a Cookout with the Family

Labor Day is the last unofficial weekend before the start of fall, so it's a perfect opportunity to cook, eat and play outdoors before the chilly weather rolls in. Fire up the grill and throw on some burgers and hot dogs to commemorate the summer season. Wash them down with glasses of iced tea or lemonade ­– then celebrate until the sun goes down.

Relax with a Good Read

Want to unwind after the busy summer months? Spend Labor Day weekend at home with your nose in a book. Choose a comfortable spot on the sofa, wrap yourself up in a soft throw and spend your weekend with the latest bestseller.

Whether you're throwing a party with friends and family, getting out of town for the weekend or relaxing alone at home, any way is the right way to celebrate Labor Day. Enjoy up the last few days of summer and celebrate all the hard work you've done all year, however you choose.