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.

Labor Day can’t come soon enough this year. We’re still dealing with COVID-19 and back-to-school is right around the corner, so 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.

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

Who says you need to head into town to get the most out of Labor Day? There are plenty of fun things you can do at home with your kids during the long weekend.

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.

Of course, if you do feel like heading out, many of the Labor Day events that you’ve come to love are also returning in 2021, either in person or virtually. Find details on your favorite events in our roundup.

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

This post was originally published in 2020 and is updated regularly.


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