Labor Day is celebrated each year on the first Monday in September and is a national federal holiday in the United States and Canada, which means most people have a day off work.
Labor Day was first observed in 1882, during a time when many Americans worked long days in harsh and unsafe work environments for little money. These workers joined together to create unions, which were organized groups created to speak out for the rights of all members. On September 5, 1882, union workers in New York City took an unpaid day off of work to protest the poor working conditions. Afterward, many of the workers stayed behind to eat and enjoy the day off of work with their families -- and that was the first labor day picnic!
Twelve years later, in 1894, Congress passed an act that made Labor Day a national holiday. And that’s why we celebrate today!
Staying in town this weekend? Here are some top picks for Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta. Traffic and construction will affect your commute. Please plan ahead and check the venue for their safety guidelines.
Blue Star Museum Progam (Ends Sept 6)
Through the Blue Star Museums program, families of active military members can enjoy FREE admission at over 2,000 venues nationwide — including 14 in the Atlanta metro area. The program is made possible through collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts.
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS (Sept 2)
DragonCon Night is Thursday, Sept 2 at Come experience our special The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance exhibition & Worlds of Puppetry Museum featuring the largest collection of Jim Henson artifacts in the world! We'll have a cash bar & special Vintage Corner selling rare Henson collectibles.
DRAGON CON (Sept 2 - 5)
Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe. Call us a phenomenon, call us one of the most well-attended pop-culture conventions in the country, call us the most fan fun you can have in five days:
Dragon Con is where you want to be on Labor Day Weekend.
TinyCON® Just for Kids (Sept 4 - 5)
Join us for our fifth annual two-day celebration of fantasy, science fiction, and our favorite fictional universes…just for kids! Nab your tickets for activities galore as we train like Jedi, create our own fizzy potions and wands, decorate wings, make Minecraft art, and hunt for Pokémon.
2021 CHICK-FIL-A KICK OFF GAMES (Sept 4 & 6)
College football fans will have two full days of events around Mercedes-Benz Stadium before watching this year’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games between No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami on Sept. 4 and Louisville vs. No. 25 Ole Miss on Sept. 6. A full celebration of the return of college football to Atlanta will be highlighted by a T-Mobile Kickoff Concert featuring a performance from Old Dominion on Saturday, Team Walks built by The Home Depot and an enhanced experience at Tailgate Town presented by PNC.
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK (Sept 4 - 6)
Stone Mountain Park honors and appreciates everyday working heroes during our Labor Day Weekend Celebration! Enjoy a day of adventure on our family-friendly attractions then stay into the evening for the Lasershow Spectacular followed by EPIC fireworks all three nights!
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL (Sept 5 & 6)
The 2021 Atlanta Jazz Festival, one of the country’s largest and free jazz festivals, will be held at Piedmont Park over Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 5 - Monday, September 6. The 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will showcase many of the best performers and jazz acts in the country, including Patti Austin, Archie Shepp, Mike Phillips and more on two stages, the Oak Hill Stage and the Meadow Stage.
MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK (Sept 4 - 6)
Art in the Park has been a part of Marietta Square’s history since 1986 and takes place in and around the Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park on Labor Day weekend. It is a Marietta signature event and tradition that celebrates the arts featuring local and national artists from around the country.
This fine art extravaganza features an artist market, a children’s art alley, and the famous Painted Pots. Art displayed will include paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, and woodworking from 175 of the country’s finest artists.
TASTE OF SOUL FESTIVAL (Sept 4 - 5)
SOUL IN THE CITY is Taste of Soul Atlanta’s ticketed Weekend Concert, both Saturday & Sunday concerts are set outside in West Downtown across from the Mercedes Benz stadium. Saturday's Soul in the City line up of hot R&B and Soul Artists will raise your body heat
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (Sept 2 - 5)
The Tour Championship is a golf tournament that is part of the PGA Tour.
SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA & SIX FLAGS WHITE WATER (Sept 4 - 6)
Both parks will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Enjoy a three-day weekend of fun.
CLICK HERE for info on Six Flags Over Georgia Labor Day Weekend Events.
CLICK HERE for Six Flags White Water Labor Day Weekend Events.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT LAKE LANIER ISLANDS (Sept 1 - 4)
Enjoy the unofficial end of the summer at Lanier Islands! Ride the water slides, dip your toes in the lake, sunbath along a pristine beach, and and enjoy all LanierWorld has to offer! Dine right on the beach or catch a pick-up game of volleyball at Sunset Cove! If you love live music, this weekend is the perfect time to enjoy a combination of bands and DJs rotating at any of our outdoor stages. There will be food and drink specials all weekend long, with fireworks & movie screenings on Spectacular Screen.
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