Why do Americans celebrate Labor Day? Originally a creation of the labor movement, the holiday is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. So take a break from work and spend the three-day weekend enjoying what Washington, D.C., and its greater area has to offer.
- September 2 marks the last Jazz in the Garden event at the Pavilion Café in the National Gallery of Art. Washington-area artists bring a unique vibe to the beautiful venue. Bring your own picnic and enjoy this free show. Starts at 5 p.m.
- The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History will have extended hours until 7:30 p.m. for the entire weekend and holiday. Experience two of the best museums D.C. has to offer after hours.
- If you enjoy tartan print, bagpipes, or Scottish history, this event was made for you. The Virginia Scottish Games and Festival kicks off on Sept. 3 and runs for two days. Experience a taste of Scotland while enjoying an American holiday.
- DC Outdoor Films will screen “Grease” in Union Market on Friday and “National Treasure” in Arlington on Saturday. This date idea won’t break the bank at $10 per car.
- Rent a swan-shaped paddle boat at the Tidal Basin and view the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument from the water. When you get tired let the motor do the work! Hours are limited after Labor Day, so get a ride in while you can.
- The Annual Labor Day Capitol Concert begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 onthe West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This free music event doesn’t require tickets, so bring your dinner and claim a spot on the grass!
- The Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on Monday. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. and tickets start as low as $15 each. Bring your baseball cap – it’s sure to be a scorcher!
- Cars, food, and music abound at the 17th annual Labor Day Car Show, held in Fairfax, V.A., this year. The show starts as early Monday at 8 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. It’s free to spectators, but donations given benefit local charities.
- Cool off and take advantage of the fact that this holiday weekend is the finale for waterpark and pool season. Get in one last outdoor swim before the pools close for the summer!
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How will you spend your weekend? Let us know in the comments!