Labor Day 2013: Celebrate the last weekend of summer

Make the most of Labor Day 2013 and your three-day weekend with the best parties, beaches and barbecues in and outside NYC.

McCarren Park Pool

McCarren Park Pool Photograph: Marielle Solan

Before you bid summer adieu, go out with a bang on Labor Day 2013. Whether you're heading out of town or staying in the city, we've listed events, exhibitions, beaches, pools, parties and other things to do over the three-day weekend.

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When is Labor Day?

Labor Day is an annual workers' holiday on the first Monday in September. The first Labor Day was organized by the Central Labor Union of New York in 1882. This year, Labor Day falls on September 2, 2013.

Events on Labor Day weekend


  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Do or Dine 1108 Bedford Ave, between Lexington Ave and Quincy St
  2. Sun Sep 1
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NYC Unicycle Festival

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  • Free
  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sun Sep 1
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US Open

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  1. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Kennedy Cir, at New York Ave
  2. Until Sun Sep 8
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Things to do for Labor Day 2013

Electric Zoo

A guide to the New York City's biggest electronic-dance-music festival, held over Labor Day weekend.

US Open

Tennis stars and their celebrity fans swing in to Flushing, Queens for the sport's final grand slam of the year.

West Indian–American Day Carnival

Head to Crown Heights for calypso bands, elaborate costumes and island grub.

Weekend getaways

Get ready to escape for the holiday weekend.

End-of-summer hot list

Don't let the season pass by without enjoying these top things to do.

Summer party guide

Dance to music by a world-beating DJ or enjoy a sophisticated evening under the stars.

Staycation guide

Take a holiday without leaving the city for Labor Day 2013.

Best beaches in New York City

Plan a beach outing with our guide to New York City's best seaside retreats.

Ferry trips

We’ve charted two sweet days out to Red Hook and Rockaway.

Swimming pools

Escape the heat with a refreshing dip.

Parks in NYC

The choicest spots to swim, watch the sun set and lounge on the grass on Labor Day 2013.

Fantastic Citi Bike routes

We’ve mapped out rides—packed with awesome activities—that will each take you 30 minutes or less.

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