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Labor Day weekend is considered the last unofficial summer weekend across the United States. What began as a holiday back in 1887 during the Industrial Revolution to give laborers a day off, as well as to celebrate American workers and their achievements, has now turned into a three-day weekend full of festivals, parades, fairs, concerts and more.

Throughout the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas you’ll find no shortage of great ways to spend your long Labor Day weekend. If you’re looking for something to do, we’ve rounded up several different options throughout the region. Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to plan a one-day trip from Baltimore to enjoy any of these exciting events!

Labor Day Weekend in Baltimore

Maryland State Fair

The Maryland State Fair runs from August 5th through Labor Day, so Labor Day weekend is actually your last chance to check out this Maryland tradition. The holiday weekend is full of fun events for the whole family, with farm and animal exhibits, thoroughbred horse races, arts and crafts, rides and amazing attractions.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

2016 marks the 62nd year of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, which started back in 1955 as a way to raise the funds needed to build a Youth Center. Starting on Friday, September 2, festival-goers will enjoy a variety of amusement rides and carnival games, live bands and entertainment, art exhibits, and used book sale and a parade on Monday.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Starting August 27 and running each weekend through the end of October, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is now in its 40th season. During Labor Day weekend, the festival will also be open on Monday. Step back into medieval times and enjoy delicious food, music, theater and sporting events.

Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade

Head to the streets of Old Towne on Labor Day to take in the Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade, now celebrating its 78th year! Starting at 1 p.m., watch antique cars, ethnic dance groups, high school marching bands and more as they parade from Girard Street to Russell Avenue.

Labor Day Weekend in Northern Virginia

Lake Ann Jazz and Blues Festival

This free, weeklong event is family-friendly, and showcases local emerging artists as well as nationally-known jazz performers. The week closes out on Labor Day with headliners the Adrian Duke Project and their New Orleans jazz sound.

Virginia Scottish Games

The Virginia Scottish Games began as a celebration of Alexandria’s rich Scottish heritage and now celebrates Scottish heritage throughout the entire state. Enjoy athletic competitions, highland dancing, pipe and drums, sheep-herding demonstrations, and of course, plenty of delicious Scottish food and drink!

Labor Day Washington D.C. Events

Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

On Sunday, September 4, head to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for their annual free music event and the beginning of the Kennedy Center’s performing arts season. Enjoy all the patriotic classics from the National Symphony Orchestra, and the 2016 performance also features singer Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur.

DC Blues Festival

The 28th Annual FREE DC Blues Festival will be held this year over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 3 at the Carter Barron Amphitheater. Enjoy music from Lauren Mitchell, Slam Allen and more, plus workshops throughout the day led by talented artists for family-friendly fun.

Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival

The Page-to-Stage Festival is held every Labor Day weekend at the Kennedy Center in D.C., and this year the festival pays tribute to the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, showcasing more than 30 female playwrights. Enjoy free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals from more than 40 theaters in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be retired this upcoming season. Meanwhile, the runner-up in that final game a season ago, Cameron Newton of the Carolina Panthers, will continue his quest for the title of best QB in the game. Starting behind center for Washington at 2016 Redskins training camp is veteran Kirk Cousins, who just accepted the one-year franchise tag after a productive season a year ago. At 2016 Baltimore Ravens training camp, in the quarterback-driven league of today’s NFL, is pro bowler Joe Flacco.

2016 Washington Redskins Training Camp Buzz

With the season set to begin, Jason Reid of ESPN.com offered the following as 2016 Redskins Training camp gets ready to head into the NFL’s opening weekend.

“With Cousins leading the offense, things have been good recently. He was the biggest reason the Redskins won the NFC East last season despite ranking 28th in the league in defense and 30th in yards per rush at only 3.7. Cousins, 27, led the NFL with a 69.8 completion percentage, becoming the first Redskins quarterback to lead the league in that stat since Sonny Jurgensen did it in 1970. Cousins ranked sixth in total QBR and eighth in yards per attempt, and he set Redskins single-season marks for passing yards (4,166) and completions (379).”

2016 Baltimore Ravens Training Camp

Baltimore entered training camp behind the leadership of Joe Flacco in a division expected to be dominated at the top by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. Here is what Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com had to report after Baltimore’s first preseason game concluded:

“Much of the attention was on rookie left tackle and No. 6 overall pick Ronnie Stanley in Thursday’s preseason opener. While Stanley impressed with his eagerness to play after sustaining an injury, not to mention his strong blocking, he wasn’t the only Ravens rookie to stand out in their debut. Fourth-round cornerback Tavon Young, fourth-round offensive tackle Alex Lewis, fourth-round defensive tackle Willie Henry, fourth-round running back Kenneth Dixon, fifth-round outside linebacker Matt Judon and undrafted linebacker Patrick Onwuasor also all made plays. Baltimore was excited about its rookie class coming out of the draft, and that momentum carried throughout the summer workouts.”

Sports Equipment Storage

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Welcoming a new baby into your life is one of those amazing experiences that completely changes the way you live. As soon as you know your family is expecting a new member, it’s time to start making some home organization plans to make sure everything is ready for his or her arrival into the world. Whether this means preparing the nursery by de-cluttering or figuring where you’ll put all of baby’s “stuff”, the sooner you start planning, the better.

Nursery Storage: How to Make Room for Baby

Although babies themselves don’t take up a lot of room, all of their belongings and supplies certainly do! You may be somewhat limited on nursery storage space, so getting creative will be an essential part of your planning. After you’ve chosen what room will be the nursery, whether that room is currently serving as a guest room or your walk-in closet, packing up the items and removing them is the first step you need to take. You should consider renting a self-storage unit to store these excess belongings until you have more time to make decisions about where they’ll now go in your home.

Here are a few easy nursery storage solutions to keep in mind as you’re preparing for your new little one:

Less is more

It might be tempting to purchase all the latest and greatest baby-related items all at once, but remember, in the beginning all you’ll really need is a crib, dresser and a rocking chair. Try to avoid cluttering up the room with excess furniture before you even bring the baby home. Or, at the very least, find furniture that can grow with the baby; options like cribs that convert into toddler or twin-size beds can help save on space- and on money.

Use the space available

Even if your nursery is on the smaller side, you can make good use of the space you do have. Purchase under bed storage drawers or under bed storage boxes that can fit under the crib and hold clothing, supplies, or toys. Install extra bars in the closet for hanging clothes or purchase baskets to store items on the top shelf.

Go vertical

Another creative nursery storage solution is to utilize vertical space. In other words, hanging shelving on the walls to hold books and toys is not only practical, but it looks nice, too!

Look for storage furniture

Under bed storage drawers or boxes are one great option, but you can also look for furniture that doubles as storage. For example, using a lower dresser as a changing table, an ottoman in front of the rocking chair that can hold extra blankets or supplies, or bookcases can all provide extra nursery storage.

Stay organized within the nursery

Designate stations around the nursery to help you stay organized. For example, you can have an area specifically for nursing or feeding, one for changing, one for sleeping, etc. Keep everything you need for a late night feeding or changing in one select spot.

Personalize the space

Finally, it’s important that the nursery is not only practical and organized, but also that it has some personalized touches. Consider framing your sonogram photos or copies of the baby’s hand and footprints after he or she is born and hang them on the wall or on a shelf. Use warm, neutral colors with pops of bright shades throughout to make the room inviting.

Keep in mind, with all of the suggestions mentioned above, safety comes first! Make sure all furnishings are safe and secure and you have identified all potential safety issues such as dressers or bookshelves which may tip or fall. If you have any doubt, just keep it simple, safe and secure!

Nursery Storage Solutions for Homeowners

As mentioned above, renting a self-storage unit is a great nursery storage solution for homeowners. Not only will it help immediately create more storage space in your home, but you can also utilize it to store items you’ll need for the baby in the future. Maybe you have clothing hand-me-downs from friends or family members that won’t fit for several months, for example. Or, perhaps you hit some great sales and purchased toys or furniture you’ll need as the baby gets older. All these items can be stored in your self storage unit until you need to access them.

ezStorage offers a variety of storage unit sizes for any of your residential storage needs. Stop by any of our storage locations throughout Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. to learn more today.

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