Americans typically have less vacation time than their European counterparts, but nineteenth century workers who fought for fair work hours and vacation time earned Americans a three day weekend at the end of August.
The long weekend marks the “end of summer” for many returning from school holidays, and traditionally it’s a huge weekend of travel in the States.” Visiting one of the following classic American cities ensures a Labor Day Holiday to remember:
US Cities to Visit Over Labor Day Weekend
New York is always a top destination for tourists on Labor Day, as there’s so much to see and do: Visitors can see the famous sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, take in a Broadway show, and relax in Central Park.
The Electric Zoo dance festival takes place over the weekend, as does the West Indian-American Day Carnival in Crown Heights, and lucky tennis fans can snag tickets to the US Open.
The 35th annual jazz festival in Millennium Park is a fantastic way to wind down the summer – visitors should be sure to check out their reflection in “The Bean” sculpture while in the park.
Other musts while visiting Chicago include riding the “L” and eating some deep dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog – perhaps at Wrigley Field while enjoying a Cubs game?
Social Media savvy travelers can pick up highly discounted hotel rooms by letting their friends on Facebook know about the great deals they got.
Home of the Space Needle, and boasting endless mountain and water views, Seattle is a great place to enjoy the last days of summer.
Its most famous musical exports include grunge and Jimi Hendrix, but its annual Bumbershoot music festival draws big attractions from all over the world and from all genres.
Watch fishmongers toss their wares with precision at the bustling Pike Place Market, drink a perfect cup of coffee, and enjoy the sunset over Elliot Bay from the new Ferris wheel installed on the waterfront.
Sports fans will be in heaven over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, as Alabama’s Crimson Tide takes on Virginia Tech at the Georgia Dome on Saturday the 31st.
There will be no shortage of tailgating and boozy pre-game festivities.NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying & Sprint Car Shootout
Visitors can embrace their inner redneck by checking out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying & Sprint Car Shootout, but shouldn’t be alarmed by any zombies, klingons, and superheroes walking down the street – the Dragon Con parade also takes place this weekend.
Midtown Atlanta is a great place to stay, and visitors won’t be far from any of the action.
Discover a Different Side of Ocean City Maryland
To most people, Ocean City, Maryland is all about Ferris wheels, roller coasters, bumper cars, and carousels. What visitors often overlook is the wealth of activity that lies virtually hidden in close proximity to the popular resort town.
Here are some surprising things to do near Ocean City, Maryland:
Become Acquainted with Local Wildlife
Nature lovers can explore Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve on Assateague Island, located just south of Ocean City.
The park, open year-round for swimming, fishing, bicycling, and boating, is home to a vast array of flora and fauna, including the famous Chincoteague pony.
Each year, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department holds a fund-raising carnival during Pony Penning Week.
The highlight of this event is the herding of over 50 ponies across the Assateague Channel.”
The animals are then put up for auction the following day.
Visit the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center for details.
Think you know all there is to know about sharks, knot tying, beach safety, or the feeding of fish?
The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is a fun center of educational activities and attractions for kids.
Stroll the Famous Boardwalk
Of course, summer is when the city really comes to life.
Stroll along the three-mile boardwalk and just try to run out of things to see and do.
Trimper’s Amusements features the country’s oldest continuously-running carousel.
At night, enjoy movies, concerts, and fireworks, all right on the beach, and free for the entire family.
Head on over to Sunset Park on South Philadelphia Avenue for the Sunset Park Party Night.
Bring your beach chairs, kick back, and watch the sunset. Admission to the park is free as well.
Enjoy the Local Art Scene
If you’re looking to tone things down a bit, local artists come down to the Ocean City Fishing Center Marina for Arts on the Dock, a showcase of diverse talent on Thursday nights during summer.
Maryland has been called “America in Miniature” for good reason.
A little of everything likable is well represented in this neat little place.
Ocean City is Maryland in miniature.