Labor Day is an annual celebration of workers and the American Labor movement dedicated to the achievements of the work force. It is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a day off for all American workers. The holiday has its origins in the turmoil of the industrial revolution during the late 1880s. Extreme working conditions caused the labor force to unite to improve working conditions for workers of all ages. Labor Day was established as an official holiday in 1887 and the first Monday in September was declared a national holiday by Congress in 1894. Today, Labor Day is celebrated as the “unofficial last day of summer” with picnics, parades and fireworks displays. There are many things to do over Labor Day weekend in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas from free concerts to book fairs to state fairs. You can also take in a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. Here is a list of just a few of the Labor Day events going on in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas over the long weekend:
Maryland Labor Day Weekend Events
Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
The 76th Annual Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade is one of the oldest Labor Day parades in the area. The parade kicks off at 1pm, rain or shine, in downtown Gaithersburg. The parade features ethnic dance groups, antique cars, fire trucks, high school marching bands, equestrian units, community groups and much more.
Maryland State Fair
The Maryland State Fair concludes its run on Monday, September 1st. But, there is plenty still to see and do over the holiday weekend. Don’t miss out on the great entertainment on multiple stages, thoroughbred horse racing, pig racing, carnival rides and fair food! The fair takes place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
Fort! Flag! Fire! At Fort McHenry
Celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner continue with special daily events taking place at Fort McHenry. There will be living history displays, cannon firing, storytelling and much more. The anniversary events will culminate in the Star Spangled Spectacular in a few weeks (stay tuned for more information on these events in a future blog post).
Northern Virginia Labor Day Weekend Events
Virginia Scottish Games and Festival
The Virginia Scottish Games and Festival takes place August 30th and 31st at The Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. The Festival features Highland Games Athletic events, dancing, sheep-herding, a fiddling competition, an antique car show, whiskey tasting, children’s’ activities and lots of men in kilts!
War of 1812 Signature Event in Alexandria, Virginia
The city of Alexandria, Virginia played an important role during the War of 1812 and commemorates its involvement with the War of 1812 Signature Event on August 30th and 31st. The event takes place along the Potomac River with interactive historical exhibits, boating, food trucks and a good-will competition in a tug-of-war with the British Embassy.
Herndon Labor Day Festival
Herndon, Virginia hosts the Herndon Labor Day Festival on Monday, September 1st from noon to 6pm in downtown Herndon. There will be entertainment, a craft show, food, a microbrew, wine and culinary demonstrations and much more.
Labor Day Events in Washington D.C.
Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol
The National Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2014-2015 season with the annual Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building on Sunday, August 31st at 8pm. The free concert starring Nicole Parker and Christopher Johnstone, will feature a program of American music selections from TV shows, movies and Broadway musicals.
National Book Festival
The Library of Congress is sponsoring the National Book Festival from 10am to 10pm on August 30th at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. There will be 100+ award-winning authors, illustrators and poets in attendance for the event. Visitors can get books signed by their favorite author, attend readings as well as attend special entertainment, poetry and film programs.
D.C. Blues Festival
The 26th Annual D.C. Blues Festival will take place on Saturday August 30th from noon to 7:30pm at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington D.C. There will be live blues performances by local, regional and national acts, blues music workshops, and family and children friendly activities. There is so much to see and do this Labor Day weekend in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas. The ezStorage self storage locations will be open to serve all of your storage needs. ezStorage wishes everyone a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!