Labor Day in New York City

Make the most of Labor Day 2014 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. Whether you want ideas for weekend getaways from NYC or just want a staycation, we've listed all the best events, exhibitions and other unmissabale things to do on Labor Day Weekend. Want to cool off? Dip into our guides to the best swimming pools and best beaches in New York city


When is Labor Day?

Labor Day is September 1, 2014. 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.

Things to do in New York on Labor Day Weekend

NYC Unicycle Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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2014 US Open

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Kennedy Cir, at New York Ave
  2. Mon Aug 25 - Mon Sep 8
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More ideas for Labor Day Weekend

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.

Staycation guide

Take a holiday without leaving the city for Labor Day.

Best beaches in New York City

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

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.

Fantastic Citi Bike routes

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

Outdoor film screenings

  • Free

Discover where to catch movies in the park this Labor Day 2013 with our handy calendar.

NYC's best rooftop bars

Have a cocktail high above the city and take in spectacular views at one of the best elevated bars.



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