Labor Day 2016 Events in DC

Labor Day weekend is coming up on September 5th this year and in Washington D.C. there are plenty of fun things to do on your long weekend. One of D.C.’s best annual celebrations is the Labor Day Capitol Concert performed by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 4th at 6pm. This is a free event and is the kick-off of the Kennedy’s Center performing arts season. Coming to D.C. for Labor Day weekend? Check the rates and enjoy our made from scratch breakfast at our Washington D.C. B&B near the White House.

Looking for a fun event for the whole family? On Monday, make your way to the 48th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade to watch local marching bands, floats, dancers and equestrian show groups make their way down Connecticut Ave from St. Paul Park to the Town Hall. The streets will be filled with vendors, food and games for a fun, exciting day in the city.

After a day of fun activities, relax and enjoy an evening at the theatre at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. The Kennedy Center is hosting it’s 15th annual New Page-to-Stage Play Festival that hosts more than 40 local theatre company performances. You’ll get the first look at the new works that are in preparation to debut in the upcoming season.

Street parades became the primary form of celebration on Labor Day as it was in the original proposal of Labor Day to have parades to show the strength and spirit of the labor organizations. Labor Day was created out of the labor movement for an acknowledgement to the social and economic American workers. It is always celebrated on the first Monday of September and became a national holiday in 1894. The holiday further developed to acknowledge prominent figures in the various labor fields and recognizes them by holding speeches that highlight the economic and civic significance of the holiday.

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