Labor Day Weekend Fun Across the Country

By Angel Johnson

Labor Day is here, and as the holiday weekend approaches, many of us get to relax and enjoy our time off with family and friends. Labor Day is an occasion to loosen up and relax, but it is also a time to reflect on the accomplishments that hard-working Americans have contributed to our country.

Despite some very real challenges, labor has made some great strides in 2018, from Missouri voters overturning destructive right-to-work legislation, to AFSCME affiliates increasing their membership numbers even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s notorious Janus vs AFSCME decision.

During this three day weekend, the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York City will be hosting plenty of great events put on by organizations who know the value of good middle class jobs. Below are a sampling. Enjoy!


Los Angeles

Strut Your Union Stuff at the 39th Annual Labor Day Parade and Rally Picnic

When: Sept. 3

Where: 1331 Eubank Avenue, Wilmington, California 90744

What: It’s the largest Labor Day parade on the West Coast. Join your union brothers and sisters at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition’s 39th Annual Labor Solidarity Parade and Rally Picnic. The event includes free BBQ and other activities for the family.

Union: Multiple

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Union Night at Dodger Stadium is Sure to be a Hit

When: Aug. 31.

Where: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

What: Join the labor community for a night of solidarity and watch the Dodgers take on their division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. Pre-game festivities includes recognition of Local organizing accomplishments and tickets include a free Union Night T-shirt and post-game fireworks.

Union: Multiple

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Book a Dock Date at Fleet Week

When: Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Where: 425 S. Palos Verdes St. San Pedro, CA 90731

What: Bring the whole family to the Port of Los Angeles to celebrate our nation’s Naval services. This free event includes tours, military displays and live entertainment for the kids.

Union: ILWU

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San Francisco

Score Some Labor Day “Bay-seball” with the Giants and A’s

When: Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Where: AT&T Park, Oakland Colliseum

What: The Giants host the Mets over Labor Day weekend at AT&T Park while the A’s, who are in the thick of the pennant race, meet their division rival Seattle Mariners, Friday-Sunday followed by a Labor Day matchup against the powerful New York Yankees.

Union: UNITE HERE, MLB Players Association

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Get up Early for the San Francisco Labor Council Annual Pre-Labor Day Breakfast

When: Aug. 31

Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

What: Kick off the Labor Day weekend with your friends and colleagues in the labor community. Mayor London Breed will give updates on important labor campaigns.

Union: Mulitple

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Chow Down at the South Bay Central Labor Council Labor Day Picnic 2018

When: Sept. 3

Where: IBEW Local 332, 2125 Canoas Garden Ave. San Jose

What: Join the South Bay Labor Council and its affiliates for food, entertainment and activities for the kids.

Union: multiple

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Washington, DC

National Symphony Orchestra’s Labor Day Concert

When: Sept. 2

Where: 2700 F St. N.W. Washington, DC

What: NSO musicians Aaron Goldman, flute, Craig Mulcahy, trombone, and Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist alumna Leah Hawkins join the National Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor JoAnn Falletta for the NSO’s annual free Labor Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Union: AFM

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Exercise Your Mind at the Library of Congress National Book Festival

When: Sept. 1

Where: 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. N.W. Washington, DC

What: Bring the family to the annual celebration of books. Amazing authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, biography, poetry, graphic novels and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival.


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Catch a Nats Game

When: Sept. 3

Where: 1500 S Capitol St. S.E. Washington, DC 20003

What: The Washington Nationals take on the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend and then face the Saint Louis Cardinals for a 1:05 pm Labor Day matchup. The first 20,000 fans at the Labor Day game get a Nats zip-up hoodie.


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Spend Labor Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When: Sept. 3

Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

What: Over the Labor Day weekend, catch the final days of the Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950 and the Art Splash: Bright Lights, Little City exhibition.

Union: IATSE

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Enjoy a Concert and Fireworks at Penn’s Landing

When: Sept. 1

Where: Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia

What: Enjoy the traditional end-of-summer with a concert by the US Army Band Downrange followed by a fireworks salute. End the night at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest or Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest.

Union: IATSE

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Rock out at the Made in America Festival

When: Sept. 1-2

Where: Benjamin Franklin Pkwy & N 21st St Philadelphia

What: Grab a ticket to one of the biggest music festivals in Philly. Produced by Jay-Z, The lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Diplo and Zedd


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New York City

Join the 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade

When: Sept. 8

Where: Starting at 44th Street & Fifth Avenue

What: The New York City Labor Day Parade celebrates the hard-working men and women in the city. If you want proof that NYC is union proud, come on out and check out the action.

Union: multiple

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Visit the Statue of Liberty

When: Aug. 31-Sept 3

Where: Ellis Island

What: What better way to celebrate the history of hard working Americans and the freedom they enjoy than to visit the union-staffed Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty is open to visitors on Labor Day with departures from New York and New Jersey

Union: NFFE

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Take a Walk in Central Park

When: Throughout Labor Day weekend

What: Enjoy a day out of the office by spending a relaxing day at Central Park. Grab a bike, check out the zoo, take a yoga class or just have fun watching the people at one of the city’s most popular meet-up sites.


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