Labor Day. How bittersweet. It is the symbolic end of summer and also a celebrationof the contributions and achievements of all American workers. Labor Day reminds us that it will soon be time to bid our long warm days, “Adieu,” while serving as a reminder of the efficacy of millions of people working together to do his or her own part. So, in honor of the holiday and to help you make the most of your Monday, here are 5 last-minute “stay-cation” ideas for Labor Day 2013:
(1) Beach-themed Barbecue.
Whether you live in a coastal town or land-locked metropolis you can host one last end-of-summer beach-themed cookout. Invite your friends to your home or rent a space at a local park. Tell them that the dress code is beachwear. Then set up your volley ball net and pull out the inflatable pools for the right effect.
(2) Tour By Bike.
This spring, NYC was swept up in the cycle share revolution when rentable Citibikes cropped up around The Big Apple. Today, similar share programs also exist in Boston, Denver, Chicago and San Francisco to name a few. So, grab a bike and hit the town.
(3) Seen Sights?
Play tourist in your hometown by trying out a highly-rated restaurant that you’ve never been to, checking out your nearest museum’s new exhibit, attending an action-packed local sporting event or seeing a live show. Note: Sites like Groupon and Livingsocial are great resources if you're looking for budget-friendly fun.
(4) Deal Dash.
Conventional wisdom says that September is the best time to buy a car. But did you know that patio furniture, grills, luggage, bicycles and wine also see lower prices at this time of year?
(5) Host a Roast.
If you’re not keen on the idea of a beach-themed BBQ, there is still time to throw a backyard camp cookout. Simply invite your friends for late-night stargazing and roasted marshmallows.