5 Fun ways to celebrate Labor Day

Aug 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Labor Day symbolizes the last holiday of the summer, so why not do it up and go out with a bang? If you're tired of celebrating Labor Day with a barbecue and you want something different this year, check out these five unique ways to create a memorable and fun holiday celebration.

Family volunteering together


Throw an all-white party

If you are a fashionista, then you are probably familiar with (and follow) the "don't wear white after Labor Day" fashion rule. Before packing away your white attire, dress up in your favorite white outfit and invite your family and friends over for a chic all-white party. Choose white decor, white flowers and foods that are white in color, such as white cake with vanilla frosting for dessert!


Give back

Make volunteering a family affair. Determine as a family what cause you are passionate about — such as animals, education, arts and culture or the environment — and spend the day making a difference. Visit a hospital, retirement home or other local organization in your community and enjoy brightening up someone's day.


Pamper yourself

You work hard, and sometimes you need to play harder. Treat yourself to a day of rest and relaxation with beauty treatments. Send out invitations to your favorite girls and enjoy spending quality time together before saying farewell to summer. Whether you host the pampering party in the comfort of your own home or at a chic hotel, some fun ideas for your pampering party can include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and makeovers. You can also opt to spend the day at a spa with your girls instead.


Pay homage

Because Labor Day is about celebrating workers, choose a profession that you admire or sparks curiosity and create a collage that represents the profession with clippings and artwork. Visit the library and find books on the chosen profession. If you want to create an interactive experience, find someone in the field to interview, or visit a location of the job. Curious about how newsrooms pull it all together? If you're unable to tour an actual newsroom, visit the Sky News virtual newsroom for a behind-the-scenes look at how news is created. Creating a collage can also become a fun kid-friendly art project, so if your children are excited about firefighters, for example, schedule a tour at your local fire station.


Plan your own parade

Skip the regular Labor Day local parade and give everyone a chance to display their fashion and talents! Pick a theme and invite over family, friends and neighbors to help you bring the event to life. Dress up in fun costumes and take a walk around the neighborhood, or head to the local park. Incorporate music, food and fun prizes for the best costume. Children as well as adults will have a fabulous time.

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