Labor Day is a day where you can spend time out and about on picnics, parties, and everything in between! But what if your calendar is empty? Here are some things to do on Labor Day when you don’t have to go anywhere.
Before I get into the fun stuff, I do have to add the following:
I am most grateful to all our Armed Forces that make it possible for my family and I to enjoy this(and any) holiday together by working tirelessly to keep our country safe and secure. I can’t imagine all the families that are separated from their loved ones on holidays, and I don’t know how the military spouses do it. For that, you are ALL my heroes.
Often we forget this in all the food, fun, and family during this holiday celebration. So I wanted to make sure I passed on my gratitude before anything else.
So what are some things to do on Labor Day when you are staying at home? Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Sleep In On Labor Day
Sleeping in isn’t something I get to do very often. While my kids are no longer the reason that requires me to be up before the sun, my work does. So on the rare occasion that I am off when everyone else is, it is really nice not to have to turn on the alarm clock and rush around. Kind of like when my husband and I vacation at Sandals Resorts.
As for the kids, since they are both in college, they sleep in because they are up late at night. I barely remember the time when that was my husband and I!
Watch A Movie Together
This is one of my favorite things to do on Labor Day, even if I put in a full shift at work. We tend to watch the oldies but goodies like Jaws or Independence Day. A few superhero movies can make an appearance, too. But the most important thing is that we spend time together as a family enjoying it.
Make A Picnic Meal For Supper
Eating during a holiday is probably a common occurrence for most families. But instead of spending all day in the kitchen cooking, why not have a picnic meal outside? You can head to your local grocery store or farmer’s market a few days ahead of time, and have everything done the night before. Use a blanket or table outside, and you are all set to enjoy.
If it rains? Well spread the blanket on the floor inside and enjoy your picnic anyway. Need some inspiration? Check out these great ideas for Labor Day decorations.
Work On Planning Your Next Vacation
Or, in our case, work on packing lists for our next vacation. My name is Jennifer, and I am addicted to making packing lists for vacation. Since we already have our two Summer vacations planned for next year(Wildwood New Jersey and Montego Bay Jamaica), I can work on getting ready for those.
If you don’t have your vacation planned yet, now is a great time to start brainstorming and deciding where you might want to go. Make a list, look at some websites, or look at some guide books that you may already have.
Dream, plan, enjoy. And thank our military for giving us that freedom!
Even though you may have slept in, there is no shame in relaxing and/or taking a nap. Life is so crazy and we are constantly on the go. A stay at home holiday is the perfect way to relax and recharge those batteries.
Enjoy a cold beverage, sit on your deck or patio and enjoy nature, or just do nothing. There is no shame in that!
Make Your Own Labor Day By Sorting Through Clothes That Can Be Donated
A holiday at home is a great time to start looking at the changing of the seasons when it comes to your wardrobe. Take a look at your Summer clothes, see what can be tossed out because it has seen one to many mud puddles.
Decide if you are really going to wear something again, and if not, pack it up for donations. There are organizations out there that accept donations just for the families of military personnel. This is a great way of paying it forward and showing your appreciation for what they are doing for our country.
Prepare For The New School Season
If any of your kids are looking over your shoulder and reading this section, they are probably running from the room. Labor Day is generally their last day before heading back to school. So being home on the holiday is the best way to make sure they have everything. Think about lunches or the other little things that may be forgotten.
These are just a few of the things to do on Labor Day when you don’t have to go anywhere. I work in a retail job, so more often than not, I am at work and don’t get to spend time on the holiday with my family. I can tell you that it is really hard.
But then I stop and remember all the men and women that sacrificed their lives so that I AM free to work the holiday or be at home with my family when I can. And there is no better way to enjoy Labor Day than that!