Ending Summer with Labor Day Festivities

Summer is winding down. In just a couple weeks many kids will already be back in classrooms and offices will refill with employees who have returned from various destinations. The rainbow of beach umbrellas will soon disappear and tents at campsites folded up. But, with Labor Day around the corner, there is one last chance this year to catch some summer vibes!

Labor Day was originally a day for marking the hard work of laborers and the contributions they made to our great country. Over the years, it has become known as the end of summer (and also the last day to be considered socially acceptable to wear white). In addition to gatherings of friends and family, there are many events taking place across the city over Labor Day Weekend.

  1. The West Indian Day Parade is where you will find most of the locals. With attendance estimated at over 3 million people, this is the place to celebrate Caribbean culture. This colorful gathering has been taking place for over 50 years.
  2. The U.S. Tennis Open runs from August 28 through September 10. The Men’s and Women’s Round 3 and Round of 16 are scheduled to take place over Labor Day Weekend.
  3. The annual Electrical Zoo festival is happening at Randalls Island from Friday through Sunday, featuring top artists in the electronic dance music world.
  4. Movies are just $3 at dozens of participating theaters over the weekend in honor of National Cinema Day.

No matter which way you decide to spend Labor Day Weekend, be sure to enjoy the last taste of summer!


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)