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5 Activities For Labor Day

5 Activities For Labor Day

Lake and rope swing
Written by Michelle Mastro
Photography by Unsplash

Summer’s drawing to a close, which means fall is almost here! But with Labor Day, we get one more long weekend to kick up our heels. There are so many ways to occupy those delightfully work-free hours. What about some fun outdoor games appropriate for all ages, especially before the kids return to school? Or, have fun indoors too—there’s always a summer blockbuster to catch!

With so many options, it’s hard to narrow done the best choices, which is why we’ve done all the work (er labor) for you. So, start your labor-free day right and check out our list of fun activities with a farmhouse style twist!

giant ferris wheel

Join a Local Event

Check out your local area for a street festival, or better yet, locate a country fair. Pony rides and carnival games will bring out the big kid in all of us. We think any excuse to enjoy some yummy fair food—corndogs, cotton candy, candied apples and of course barbecue—is also a great choice for Labor Day!

Take a look at your city or county’s website for events that are happening nearby. Many communities also have a Facebook page dedicated to local events, or you could download the app Nextdoor to find out what your neighbors are up to this Labor Day.

greyscale image of cowboy and horses

Have a Movie Night

If your town still has an old-time drive-in theatre, take advantage, especially if they’ve got a classic western showing. Enjoy some Clint Eastwood or John Wayne flicks from the comfort of your car, and you’ll forget all about your Netflix account.

If you’re the stay-at-home type, create your own Labor Day event. Open up the front and back doors and invite your neighbors to come watch the film with you. You’ll create community bonding within your own farmhouse home.

Lake and rope swing

Enjoy the Water

Wherever you are, try out your nearest large body of fresh water. It’s still summer after all, and fresh water sounds like a great way to beat the heat. Go swimming or fishing, but either way, don’t forget sunblock!

Another way to enjoy the water on Labor Day is to play water games. Get a back of water balloons and have kids help you fill them up; then have a water balloon contest, or better yet, a water balloon war!

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Skillet over barbeque

Cook Up a Cookout

There might not be a food more American than barbecue. Barbecue some ribs and hotdogs with a side of beans cooked up on an American-made cast-iron skillet for that country flavor on Labor Day.

While you’re cooking up, set out a few outdoor games for your family and friends to enjoy, like the classic cornhole. This game is fun for all ages, and depending on the design of the board, the game feels even more classically American. Did you know the game was first patented in Massachusetts in 1883?

Bison in an American National Park

Visit a National Park

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to grab all the family and head to your nearest national park or historical site. From historic homesteads and farms to the beauty our country has to offer in its national parks, these sights are gorgeous and educational for all ages. 


Looking for more great ideas? Learn how to throw an outdoor dinner party! Of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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