Labor Day is the annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American work force. It is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a day off for all American workers. The holiday has its origins during the industrial revolution during the late 1880s. The extreme working conditions for young and old workers caused the labor force to join together to improve working conditions for all. Labor Day was established as an official holiday in 1887 by the state of Oregon and other states soon followed. By 1894, 23 states had adopted the holiday to honor workers and soon after, Congress declared the first Monday in September as a national holiday entitling laborers to a day off. Today, Labor Day is celebrated as the “unofficial last day of summer” with picnics, parades and fireworks displays.
There are many Labor Day Weekend events in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas from free concerts to book fairs to The Maryland State Fair. You can also take in a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park. 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:
Labor Day Events in the Baltimore Area
Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
The 77th Annual Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade is one of the oldest Labor Day parades in the area. The parade kicks off at 1pm on Monday, September 7th, 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.
Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland will be celebrating its 61st year in 2015. It started as a fundraiser to build a Youth Center in 1955 and has been going strong ever since. The week-long celebration includes carnival rides and games, entertainment, food, art exhibits and demonstrations, and sports activities for all ages. The Labor Day Parade will take place at 10am on Monday, September 7th running along Crescent Road from Green Hill Road to Centerway.
Maryland State Fair
The Maryland State Fair runs from August 28th through Labor Day, September 7th. There is plenty to see and do over the holiday weekend. Don’t miss out on the many events including agricultural contests, 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.
National Hard Crab Derby
The National Hard Crab Derby is an annual Labor Day weekend event at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland. This is a unique crab themed event with crab races, crab cooking and picking contests. There are carnival rides, entertainment, crab themed arts and crafts, fireworks and a parade.
Northern Virginia Labor Day Weekend Events
Virginia Scottish Games and Festival
The Virginia Scottish Games and Festival takes place September 5th and 6th at The Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. The Festival features Highland Games Athletics events, dancing, sheep-herding, a fiddling competition, an antique car show, whiskey tasting, children’s activities and men in kilts!
Herndon Labor Day Festival
Herndon, Virginia hosts the Herndon Labor Day Festival on Monday, September 7th from 11am to 5pm in downtown Herndon on Herndon Town Green. 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 will host the annual Labor Day on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building on Sunday, September 6th at 8pm. The free concert will feature vocalist Kate Davis and the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band. The orchestra will perform a selection of patriotic music as well as 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 Saturday, September 5th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. There will be over 175 award winning authors, illustrators and poets in attendance for the events. Some of the authors at this year’s event are David McCullough, Tom Brokaw, Buzz Aldrin and David Baldacci. Visitors can get books signed by their favorite author, attend readings as well as attend special entertainment, poetry and film programs. There are also many family friendly events taking place on the Expo floor.
D.C. Blues Festival
The 27th Annual D.C. Blues Festival will take place on Saturday September 5th from noon to 7:30pm at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington D.C. The festival is free and open to the public. There will be live blues performances by local, regional and national acts, blues music workshops, and family and children friendly activities.
The ezStorage self storage locations in Maryland and Northern Virginia will be accessible during our regular gate hours. The offices at the locations will be closed on Labor Day Monday. Enjoy the “last weekend of summer” events with family and friends!