8 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day and the Last Days of Summer

Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer. The days are growing shorter, there is an autumnal chill to the mornings, and the holiday season is a few short months away. This weekend begs to be lived to the fullest, celebrating all of that summer has to offer.

Here are some ways to celebrate Labor Day and make the most of the last days of summer.

1. Get Gaming

2020 has been the year of bringing back games and puzzles. Badminton and croquet are two games that can be enjoyable for the entire family. Both can quickly be set up in the backyard for family tournaments and require two players.

2. Cool Off in the Sprinklers

There is something so nostalgic about running through sprinklers. Dashing through the refreshing spray is sure to help you embrace your inner child (not to mention cool you off on what is supposed to be a scorcher!)

3. Get Your Grill On

What is a summer weekend without a backyard BBQ? Hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, and s’mores are quintessential summer fare. If you don’t already have a grill, this weekend is an ideal time to purchase this seasonal essential. If you’re not sure which type is best, check out our BBQ buying blog.

4. Go to a Drive-In Movie

Thanks to its ability to keep us socially distanced and get us out of the house, this once waning entertainment form is experiencing a resurgence. Check out this Mercury News article listing the various drive-in locations around the Bay Area, including the Sunset Cinema Drive-In at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

5. Make Homemade Popsicles

Cool and refreshing, popsicles are a sentimental summer dessert indulgence. Food and Wine Magazine serves up 16 unique recipes, some of which have a boozy twist that adults are sure to enjoy.

6. Pack a Picnic

Put together a delicious picnic spread of your summer favorites, throw a large blanket on the lawn, and enjoy! Get elaborate or stay simple. A charcuterie platter, a variety of sandwiches, or roast chicken are all great picnic staples. Add in summer fruit like watermelon wedges, strawberries, peaches, and various ice-cold drinks, and voila! The best part is, if you need something, you are steps away from the kitchen!

7. Set Up a Backyard Theatre

If you prefer to stay in, create a movie theatre in your backyard. You don’t need fancy, high-tech gadgets other than a projector and a blue tooth speaker or two. A white sheet will suffice as a screen, and after rearranging your outdoor seating and ensuring everyone has their favorite movie snacks, you are good to go. Of course, the hardest part is picking a movie! For more specifics on setting up a DIY outdoor theatre, click here.

8. Sleep Under the Stars

Camping is always a highlight of summer. There is something extra special when the entire family piles into a tent in the backyard. It’s all of the “rough it” fun without all of the work, not to mention the perks of home-like bathrooms! Gather those blankets and pillows, create a cozy nest, and enjoy one last night under the stars.

However you choose to celebrate the close of summer, all of us at the Dawn Thomas Team wish you an enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

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