Labor Day is just six weeks away on Monday, September 3. Back in the old days, many families stayed at home for the Labor Day holiday, which is always held on the first Monday in September.
Labor Day began in 1882 as a workers holiday started by the Central Labor Union and put into law as a federal holiday in 1894. There was often a street parade, followed by fun for workers and their families.
In more recent times, Labor Day is the unofficial kick-off to the political season and in many communities there is a political parade. In Lexington, just over the mountain from us, the 42nd Annual Labor Day Celebration will be held at Glen Maury Park.
With gas prices creeping steadily back up, maybe a Labor Day staycation is right for your family this year. You can make the day more memorable by hosting a Labor Day block party.
Block parties were once all the vogue in neighborhoods throughout the country. Neighborhood families gathered together for many weekend block parties, enjoying food, fun, and kids’ games together.
In some neighborhoods, there were bicycle parades up the street to add to the fun. Whey not bring back the good old days feeling this year in your neighborhood.
With social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, you can gather everyone together pretty quickly. Create a Facebook event and post to your neighbors’ timelines for a quick response.
Ask each person to respond with a potluck dish they will bring and plan to grill burgers and hot dogs for all at your house to go along with the potluck side dishes.
Have the kids bring their bikes and big wheels along. Pick up some streamers, decks of playing cards, and other bike decorating items at the dollar store. If you don’t remember how to put the cards in the bicycle spokes, someone at the party will or check the eHow link below.
How to put playing cards in bicycle spokes
Ask for several parent volunteers to oversee the decorating and a couple of volunteers to line up the kids on their bikes. Oldest to youngest may work best so that the little ones won’t get run down by the older kids.
Pull out the sprinkler and a kiddie pool for fun in the back yard after the parade while the adults socialize. When the kids get tired of water fun, let them put on a gymnastics show for the adults with cartwheels, jumps and spins.
Your family and friends will have a blast as you create a new neighborhood tradition with a Labor Day block party. Be sure to fly your American flag on Labor Day. See the links below for other fun summer ideas for Labor Day or anytime.