Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner.
It’s this weekend, in fact.
Observed on the first Monday of every September, Labor Day falls on September 2nd this year. (In 2020, Labor Day is Sept. 7 and in 2021, it falls on Sept. 6.)
Have you made your plans yet? If you’re looking for something to do that won’t break the bank, check out our list of 7 things you can do to bid farewell to summer.
Seven Free Things to do this Labor Day Weekend!
1. Create a scavenger hunt
Everybody loves a scavenger hunt. If you’re not a creative person, this website has a ton of great ideas. Consider inviting your family, a group of close friends, or, in honor of Labor Day, invite your colleagues.
2. Find a trail and go hiking
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and take in the beauty of the area you live in. Go with a friend and catch up on what’s new with each other, or go alone and use the time to meditate on what you’re grateful for. If you’re not sure of the best trails in your area, use an app like Alltrails.
3. Go to the beach or the lake
Heading to a body of water is almost an obligatory way to spend Labor Day weekend. Particularly, if you opened up the summer during Memorial Day weekend with time on the water, it’s apropos to close out summer in the same manner.
4. Be a tourist in your own town
#lovewhereyoulive is a popular hashtag on Instagram for a reason. We get so caught up with our day-to-day lives, we forget about all the wonderful things our hometown has to offer. Play tourist for a day and check out all the popular tourist destinations in your own backyard. Bonus points for taking pictures and sharing on Instagram complete with the hashtag.
5. Host a BYOB barbeque in your backyard
Ever want to have a bunch of people over, but don’t want to shell out a fortune for drinks and food? Host a potluck where each guest brings a dish. You supply the venue, they supply the food. Think of a clever theme to add some personality to your party. Ice Cream Social is a good one for Labor Day.
6. Learn Origami
If you’re a homebody and prefer to spend your weekend at home, but don’t want to completely veg out on Netflix, consider learning something new. Pull out a few dollar bills, or cut up some loose paper you have and make origami. This site has everything you need to know as a beginner.
7. Research local events in your area
Most towns will have some sort of event to celebrate Labor Day, usually in the form of a festival or a parade. Toss the name of your town into Google and you’ll be sure to find something near you. If you live in a small town as I do, check your local community calendar, or local news channel on Facebook. They always advertise free events.
Some other fun ideas include volunteering at a local homeless or animal shelter, holding a garage sale, having a picnic at your favorite park, and finishing that book on your nightstand.
How are you planning to soak up the last minutes of summer? Let us know in the comments below.