Labor Day weekend is the last chance for a summer getaway for many Americans. New York City is always a fun and festive place to be on this long weekend.
If you’re a New Yorker, you might consider staying in the City this time; if you’re not, start planning a trip to NYC for the weekend when the crowds are on their way out!
We put together a list of things to do in New York City over Labor Day Weekend to make it one of the best weekends of summer.
Parades & Festivals
New York City Labor Day Parade
The New York City Labor Day Parade is the annual parade run by the New York City Labor Council in celebration of the working men and women who contribute to New York City.
Please note: this event is takes place on the Saturday following Labor Day. For event information, check the official website.
When: Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 am.
West Indian American Day
The the biggest cultural festival in NYC is the West Indian-American Day Carnival, also known as the Labor Day Carnival Parade, in Brooklyn.
This celebration of Caribbean culture features marchers in elaborate costumes promenading down the Eastern Parkway to the sounds of reggae and calypso.
For spectators, tasty ethnic food and drink is also available. Favorites include jerk chicken, fried flying fish, rice and beans, and johnnycakes.
When: Monday, September 7th, 2015
Culture & Arts
Take advantage of the holiday weekend and see what’s new at the city’s famous museum spots or do a little sightseeing of the city.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or “the Met”, was voted one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Museums in the United States. From modern European to ancient Oceania, the Met covers every culture and every artistic medium around the world.
Insider tip: head to the rooftop for refreshments, stunning New York City skyline views of Manhattan and Central Park, and see what temporary installation exhibits they’re hosting on the roof.
See a show on Broadway and save. Two for one Broadway show ticket discounts, Broadway Week, starts on Labor Day and runs September 7-20, 2015.
To truly immerse yourself in NYC culture, take the Downtown New York Bus Tour. This bus tour will take you to cultural enclaves like Chinatown and Little Italy, through famous neighborhoods like SoHo and Times Square, and past celebrated attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center. Hop-on and hop-off the tour whenever you choose.
Take advantage of one of the last weekends of summer and make the most of your day off by spending it outside.
If you don’t mind the crowds, head to Luna Park at Coney Island for some classic, boardwalk fun and thrill rides. Get a wristband, enjoy some thrill rides, poke around the shops, walk along the beach, and have some deep-fried goodness for a late lunch or dinner.
Spend the day on the water and go for a boat ride for amazing views and the perfect Labor Day fun activity. You can see great skyline views and get in a sailing adventure on an 82-foot schooner , a 158-foot clipper city tall ship, or board a ferry for a sightseeing cruise. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance–holiday weekends book up fast!
Get away from Manhattan and hop on a ferry to Governors Island, a recently developed 172-acre island in the heart of the New York Bay.
Open to the public through September 27th, it’s a prime spot for a picnic, taking in some amazing views, biking (they now have Citi Bike) or just relaxing in the grassy landscape. Check out www.govisland.com before visiting for special events.
Of course, you can always find a place to relax without even leaving Manhattan, right in Central Park. Find a fantastic view of the park and the skyline from Belvedere Castle atop Vista Rock, walk from Cherry Hill to the Ramble on Bow Bridge, or sit with a good book or a pair of headphones in the Conservatory Garden.
Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!
If you’ll be seeing a lot of sites in New York City over Labor Day Weekend, check out the New York Explorer Pass for savings museums, tours, activities and more.