Busy in Boston: What To Do This Labor Day Weekend

Posted September 1, 2016 by Jon Erik Christianson in Downtown Boston
Enjoy the fireworks above the Boston Harbor.

There’s no better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than by doing anything but labor. To honor the historic work of the American labor movement and the people who keep this country running every day, we all get a public holiday giving us a three-day weekend to enjoy. For many families, it’s the natural dividing point between what’s traditionally considered summer and fall (even if the precise dates are different), vacation and a return to academia.

Kick off the next stage of your year with some of Boston’s exciting Labor Day weekend events.

Keeping it Classic

If you want a more traditional Labor Day weekend, there’s nothing better than spending the day exploring Boston’s history and then ending it with the city’s famous fireworks display.

The USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard will be hosting its annual “Fun and Games at Sea” event — a family geared examination of all the ways sailors spent their recreation time. There will be interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and loads of fun for attendees of all ages. Due to repairs the USS Constitution tours will be relegated to just the top deck.

The city’s fourth annual fireworks above the Boston Harbor is always the highlight event for the day’s celebrants. Park yourself somewhere with an ideal view — Downtown’s Christopher Columbus Park, Seaport’s Fan Pier, East Boston’s Piers Park, and Long Wharf all come highly recommended — and witness the booming spectacle in the sky.

Cool Down with a Cruise

Amidst what’s no doubt going to be a mildly chaotic day down in the city, consider calming down on one of Boston’s many waterfront cruises — the rhythmic rocking of the boat, the water’s temperature-cooling effect, and the soft speeches from your tour guide will no doubt make the day less of a labor.

The New England Aquarium Whale Watch cruise takes attendees on a wildly unique adventure to see the ocean’s friendliest and most formidable inhabitants. Given that it’s hosted by the New England Aquarium, you can be sure that you’re in very capable hands. The Boston Harbor Islands Picnic Sail takes guests on a three-hour, tranquil trip through the historic and fascinating Boston Harbor islands. Highlights include a sunken island, America’s oldest lighthouse, entertaining wildlife, and a complimentary lunch.

If you’re looking for something that is a very different speed (literally), consider Codzilla. It won’t calm you down and it certainly won’t lull you to sleep. Instead, this 40-minute tour that hits speeds of 40 miles per hour will invigorate you and get your adrenaline pumping.

Appreciating the Arts

If music, film, and visual spectacle are more your speed (and not, say, a racing Codzilla), consider checking out the city’s various tributes to the arts.

The D Street Art Walk (appropriately hosted at the Lawn on D downtown) features a similarly wide variety of entertainment events: slam poetry, magic performances, face painters, movies, and more! Sunday brunch is an ideal experience for the entire family.

Folks looking for a celebrity encounter may want to swing by actor John Krasinski’s various Q&A and screening combinations for his upcoming movie The Hollars. Kanye West fans should definitely check out the rapper’s Boston stop on his Saint Pablo tour, which will see the actor perform at the TD Garden atop a floating stage.