Labor Day falls on the first Monday of every September. Every year, as August rushes by in a flurry of back to school activity, we find ourselves panting at the end of the month and realizing that Labor Day, that last official weekend of summer will soon be upon us. Perhaps you have one last getaway planned for that weekend. For those of you who don’t, have no fear! Here are tips on how to wring the last bit of summer out of Labor Day weekend on Long Island.
Visit a Long Island Farm and snatch up the last of those delicious tomatoes and sweet ears of corn. In just a few short weeks we will all be lamenting the state of the tomatoes left to us in the supermarkets, so get out there and get some fresh grown produce while you still can!
Visit a local park and watch the sunset. The evenings aren’t too cold yet and nobody has to be up early for school yet. Pack up some snacks and blankets and enjoy a lazy evening watching the sun go down.
Hurry up and grab Italian ices for the entire family while you still can. Many ice venues close for the season so get them while they’re hot . . . er, cold!
Don’t forget the beach. Dip your toes in the ocean one last time. You can find our round-up of East end beaches here, some stay-cation destinations here, as well another comprehensive beach list here. We are the Long Island Mama’s after all, so we have the island covered!
One last cookout goes without saying. Fire up that grill, throw on some of the fresh produce you picked up, and get cooking in the great outdoors. Make it extra special for the little ones by picking up s’mores supplies. Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars are all you need. Oh, and some long, sturdy sticks from the yard. Yum!
If you’re looking for a fun day trip, be sure to check out the Shinnecock Indian PowWow held every year in Southampton over the Labor Day Weekend. This annual event manages to pack in entertainment, delicious food, beautiful crafts and goods for sale, as well as the most beautiful, regal, authentic Native American dress, dance, singing, and culture that you can imagine. It never disappoints.
Labor Day weekend may signal the end of summer, but it shouldn’t signal the end of the fun families can have here on Long Island. The extended weekend offers the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy a last hurrah right here at home before school starts back up. We wish for all of you a fun, adventurous, safe weekend!
Written by and all photos by Allison Profeta