The Ultimate At-Home Labor Day

Families looking to celebrate Labor Day from the comfort of their own backyards find food, activities, décor and more tips to throw a great at-home party.

Dog running in a backyard holding an American flag in its mouth

Labor Day can’t come soon enough this year. After a tumultuous year and an abnormally stressful summer, you’re probably really wanting a peaceful day off.

And the first Monday is September — which is dedicated to the creation to the labor movement and celebrates the achievements of American workers — delivers just that.

Of course, as with everything else this year, we’re betting that your Labor Day celebrations are going to be a bit more low-key than usual.

If you’re trading in a huge celebration in for a smaller intimate gathering at home, this guide has you covered with food, décor, Labor Day activities and more.

The food

Delicious and portable food are key to throwing a great backyard get-together and nothing delivers that like a bit of barbecue. From chicken to burgers and everything in between, you can grill just about anything — and please just about everyone.

Go for your classic recipes or mix it up with some unique options offered in these Metro Parent recipe roundups:

The décor

Like a Fourth of July party, Labor Day tends to rock the red, white and blue look (though it’s definitely not the only look that you can do).

If you are looking to sport the flag motif this year, consider some of these festive projects that can be repurposed for Labor Day, or if you prefer, check out these alternative party choices from Style Motivation.

Photo via Arts, Beats & Eats on Facebook

The activities

While many of the Labor Day events that you’ve celebrated in year’s past are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still plenty of activities that will keep your kids occupied this year.

Our sister magazine, Chicago Parent, suggests setting up an outdoor movie on your day off (you can try a summer classic, like The Sandlot or one of our Watch This, Do That options) or even set up a s’mores bar for the kids.

Missing your favorite events? Arts, Beats and Eats — one of the largest Labor Day events in our area — has gone virtual.

Do you have any other suggestions for a cool at-home Labor Day celebration? Share them with us in the comments.

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