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Fresh ideas for Labor Day weekend

Date posted:  8/1/16 09:00:00 AM

It's never too early to start planning for Labor Day weekend.

This particular weekend, which is dedicated to the social and economic progress of American workers, always falls on the first weekend in September. It's also the unofficial end of summer in the eyes of many citizens.

It's a three-day weekend, so you probably already have it marked on your calendar because it means one less day in the office. For college students, it's a chance to head back home for a long weekend before their school year kicks into high gear.

Labor Day weekend is also a great way to plan a short, but efficient trip with family and friends. If you're in need of some plans for that three-day weekend, here are some ideas you might find helpful.

Explore your city or town
Cities and towns often have numerous events going on throughout Labor Day weekend. It's also not unheard of for offices to let workers leave early to beat the traffic or get a head start on the long weekend.

To find out what's going on near you, a quick Internet search is likely to turn up the results you're looking for. These events may be street fests or other gatherings that cost little to no money. If you're going to be staying home for this particular weekend, exploring where you live is a great way to pass the time, have fun and enjoy the weather while it's still nice outside.

Plan a vacation
Since Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, travelers are going to go soak in the warm weather before cooler temperatures hit many parts of the country. There's no reason why you shouldn't take this opportunity for a short getaway, and you may get lucky and find affordable options.

According to U.S. News & World Report, destinations such as Washington D.C., Cancun and Atlanta are affordable choices during the first weekend of September. Take advantage of services such as Expedia and Kayak to find the best deals on hotels and flights.But don't limit yourself to airfare. A getaway to a nearby small town with a bed and breakfast can be just as fun and relaxing.

Throw a party
Another option if you'll be staying home for the weekend is to invite friends and family over for a party. If you have a backyard, even better, because you can use the outdoor space to barbecue, set up tables, a fire pit and more to enjoy the outdoors.

Labor Day get-togethers are common all across the U.S. As an added benefit, the long weekend gives you an extra day for planning and preparation when you're deciding when to host guests. You can invite people over Sunday and expect a good turnout because almost everyone will have the following Monday off.

If you do have guests over, you can ask everyone bring a dish, snacks or drinks to have a Labor Day potluck. Don't be afraid to try some new dishes if you find some appealing recipes on Food Network.

Pot-luck style gatherings can also help limit party expenses, which can help you keep your weekend on budget.

Sit back and relax
You don't always need to have plans to enjoy Labor Day weekend. Sometimes, you just need some time to yourself to recharge your internal batteries, and the three-day weekend gives you that opportunity.

While relaxing, catch up on some of the tasks that need to be completed around the house that you've put off. Additionally, you may even use the day off from work to catch up on a show you've fallen behind in or start the book you've been eyeing.

If relaxing wasn't a good enough reason by itself, you may find it even more appealing because you won't have to spend as much money.

With Labor Day quickly approaching, you'll benefit by coming up with plans sooner, rather than later. From trips to having a barbecue, you have tons of opportunities for an affordable, fun and relaxing weekend.