The long weekend is here owing to Labor Day on Monday, the 7th. Celebrated in honor of the American labor movement, it’s a time to look back at your achievements at work and the contributions you’ve made towards the state’s economy. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Sure, you can simply kick your shoes off and relax at home. But if you want to make the most of what’s perhaps the last long holiday of summer, do something fun—like this.

1. Last-Minute Travel
This is your last chance to do all the camping, trekking and traveling you’ve missed through summer. Take a break from your mundane tasks and simply take off. Refer to our list of amazing trails to hike around before the season ends. Also, don’t wait around for company. We give you not one, but eight reasons to travel solo. And if you find that there’s no time for a long break, go on a little microadventure.

2. Catch A Grand Carnival
Don’t miss the annual West Indian American Day Carnival that takes place in and around New York. Spanning across the week that leads up to Labor Day, this event is open to all. Enjoy the live musical performances, try Caribbean food at the ‘Restaurant Week’, and attend the actual carnival on Monday at Eastern Parkway (Schenectady Avenue, Grand Army Plaza) in Brooklyn. Find more details here.

3. Visit A Water Park
Use this time to bond with your kids and take them to a water park—a fantastic way to beat the heat and have fun with the entire family. Plus, several parks are offering Labor Day discounts for kids and adults. Raging Waters in San Dimas, CA, is also giving away free passes to members of the American Military (active and retired) and the first responders (police, fire and EMT).

4. Spoil Yourself At The Sales
Avail of huge flood sales and discounts that are currently being promoted by top brands. Nearly 64 percent of sale items include clothing, with even designer labels are giving generous discounts, sometimes as high as 90 percent. Load your shopping bag. See something you like that fits in your budget? Pick it up right away.

5. Catch Up Over BBQ
This, of course, is a great time to catch up with your loved ones. Considering most restaurants and shopping malls will be crowded, you could set up a little soiree in your backyard. Check out our easy, healthy recipes for barbecues.

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