2013 Labor Day Weekend Celebrations in Washington DC

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Labor Day Weekend in Washington DC


By Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Even though summer has just begun, now is a great time to look ahead to the Labor Day weekend. Washington DC is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but across the long weekend of August 31 to September 2, there are lots of exciting events planned to make your trip extra special. At the historical American Guest House, a bed and breakfast in Washington DC, we offer a great Labor Day weekend package, as well as en-suite bedrooms and a central location that’s ideal for exploring all this city has to offer.

Labor Day Weekend Events

DC puts on a whole host of events across the Labor Day weekend; any of which are a great addition to a travel itinerary. For example, on Sunday, September 1, the National Symphony Orchestra will hold a free 90-minute concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. The event starts at 8pm, but the gates open at 3pm so you can also enjoy the open rehearsal. Continuing the musical theme, the 25th Annual DC Blues Festival is being held on August 31 at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. The amphitheater is located in Rock Creek Park, which is DC’s beautiful and tranquil 2,000-acre public park. There are many things going on here all year round, so you might want to fit in a visit even if you’re not a fan of the blues. For theater-lovers, there’s the chance to attend the Kennedy Center’s 12th Annual Page to Stage event over the three days of the Labor Day weekend. There are free readings and open rehearsals of upcoming plays and musicals from 30 DC-area companies. Meanwhile, food-lovers should check out the traditional Labor Day brunch offers at many DC restaurants on September 2. Just be sure not to fill up too much on your complimentary American Guest House breakfast, this Washington DC lodging is known for its delicious hot complimentary breakfast.

International Visitors to DC

Labor Day weekend is a wonderful way to experience a national tradition; however, if you’re coming to visit us from overseas, it is important to ensure you make all the essential preparations for your trip. These include checking whether you need a visa to travel, or if your country qualifies for the US Visa Waiver Program. When making plans to travel to DC, or the US in general, comprehensive insurance is required to cover medical emergencies and other events, including lost luggage, cancellations and unexpected legal costs. Medical expenses, in particular, can be quite high, even for basic treatment, so be sure to put your mind at rest and arrange cover before you leave home. When budgeting for your daily spending money, be aware that we have a tipping culture over here in the US; around 15% to 20% in a restaurant is the norm, and 10% for your cab driver. Credit cards are accepted in most places, and there are plenty of ATMs around town if you need to access cash during your trip. Be aware that a sales tax of (currently) six percent is levied on most goods at the time of purchase.

Travelling to Labor Day Events

DC has a great public transportation network, including the metro, which makes getting around quite easy. Our Washington DC Inn, is centrally-located and within walking distance of Dupont Circle metro station, which is on the red line, five stops from Union Station (worth a visit even you don’t plan to catch a train). Union Station is also close to the U.S. Capitol Building, which is at one end of the National Mall, from which you can get to many of DC’s top visitor attractions. For events at the Kennedy Center, simply take the metro to Foggy Bottom GWU stop, which is a short walk away. To reach the Carter Barron Amphitheater and Rock Creek Park, one option is to take the red metro line up to Silver Spring, then transfer to the S2 or S4 bus. You can buy single or multi-trip tickets and passes at any metro station. If you plan to spend your time in the center of DC, be aware that it’s quite compact, so you may prefer to travel by foot to some attractions. This is a great way to get a feel for the real DC and see some things you might otherwise miss.

It’s worth noting that Labor Day weekend is a great time to visit DC, as many locals will be away on a final summer vacation and you’ll be able to get around to the main attractions more easily. Temperatures may still be in the 80F range, though; so even if the summer is officially drawing to a close; it may not feel like it!

So come to the nation’s capital and take advantage of our  Washington DC lodging Labor Day Weekend Complementary Package, which includes 10% off our regular room rates. In addition, we’ll offer you a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, a warm welcome and do all we can to make your visit a memorable one. You might even want to make Labor Day weekend in DC an annual tradition; something we’d love to be a part of!

Article written by Julie Carpenter

American Guest House in Washington DC

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