It’s hard to even believe that September is here bringing with it, Labor Day weekend! For us, when we think of Labor Day there’s always a few thoughts that come to mind. It’s possible that we think about parties, barbecues, parades, fireworks and sales at our favorite stores. We should keep in mind that this holiday is much more than a long weekend but also a time to reflect on the hard working residents of this country along with our own personal achievements as well.

Labor Day is the first Monday in September which is celebrated nationally. It’s the perfect time for quick history refresher. During 1882, thousands of workers marched in New York City hoping to improve the working conditions for everyone. With their success, in 1894, Labor Day then was made into a national holiday. Now annually on Labor Day, we celebrate the contribution made by workers in order to help this country grow and further develop.

This is a good time to think about your own job and any issues that you may want to address. During the long weekend, enjoy yourself but don’t forget to relax, unwind or indulge in whatever makes you happy, you deserve it!

If you’re taking advantage of the Labor Day sales remember that wearing white after this holiday is taboo. This practice dates back to the Victorian era where it was looked down upon to continue wearing white after summer.  However it seems that anything goes and we don’t have to worry about the fashion police, woohoo!

Shout out to all who don’t have the luxury of having Labor Day off such as our EMTs, firefighters, police, nurses, and doctors who continue to work during this weekend celebration.

Here are some great ways to get up, out and enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley and all it has to offer!

Sunday, Sept 1st

One of the most spectacular events is the Annual West Point Band’s “Music Under The Stars” concert and fireworks at 7:30 PM at Trophy Point Amphitheater.

Step back in time at the Civil War Weekend at Museum Village RT 17M Monroe from 10 AM- 5PM.

The Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is on Sunday, September 1st 10am-5:30pm at Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz.

There will be a Barbecue & Brews Weekend at Barton Orchards which is an all-day event.

The 4th annual Cornwall Car Show will be on Main Street in Cornwall from 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM.

Monday, Sept 2

There will be a Zero Waste Week Education Workshop from 9:30 AM- 1:00 PM at the Minnewaska Nature Center RT 44-55 Kerhonkson.

Get ready to hike at the Hudson River Valley Ramble/ Holiday Hike at Sam’s Point, Cragsmoor at 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM.

There will be a 31st Annual International Festival from Noon-10:00 PM at Delano Hitch Park in Newburgh.

The Warwick Lions Club is hosting a 5K along with a children’s fun run with prizes and live music at Warwick Middle School in Warwick at 9:00 AM.

The Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is on Monday, September 2 (Labor Day) - 10am-4pm at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz.

There will be a Mad Dash, charity event including a kids run and a 5K walk/run at Starr Library in Rhinebeck. The kids run begins at 9:45 AM.


Drop a comment below and share your weekend plans and adventures!