Let’s face it, the summer has come to an end and this weekend is your last chance to soak in the sun and live freely. I hope you’ve checked off everything on your summer bucket list including rooftop hopping in the city, basking in the sun poolside, sipping tropical drinks with the ladies, a beach day with your family, indulging in the best food festivals and partying with your guys. If you haven’t done those summer to do’s yet, this is the time to do it all. But most importantly, if you haven’t taken a vacation and don’t have one planned for this weekend, this is five ways you can enjoy Labor Day weekend and not feel like you’re in the city.
1. Fire Island
I bet you haven’t been to Fire Island as of yet. I suggest you pack your swim suit, a cute summer outfit and a light sweater because Fire Island is a must before the summer ends. I visited Ocean beach and was pleasantly surprised with beautiful seashells on the beach, friendly little kids with lemonade stands, and a long street of bars and restaurants. You can only get to Fire Island by ferry. A round trip ferry ticket is $19 (Cash Only.) This is a wonderful experience that is right in your backyard.
2. Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City is not as far as you think. It is only a four and a half hour drive from Manhattan. It probably is your closest option for a beach type vacation. The water is no comparison to the islands but if you party and dine at Seacrets you will enjoy their island vibes.
3. Labor Day Parade
If you have the heart to dance through the crowded streets of Brooklyn then the West Indian Day Parade is a great way to celebrate your Caribbean heritage. The parade is on September 7 at 11am. It begins at Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue and continues to Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park.
A day trip to the Hamptons is always one of my favorite getaways when I want to run away from the craziness of the city. Whether it’s East Hampton or Southampton, there is always something to do and great beaches to relax on. I usually visit Southampton. My favorite ways to enjoy the day are shopping at the Alex & Olivia store, dining at Red Stixs and taking a short relaxing ferry ride on Lake Agawam.
5. Made In America Festival
Made in America is the hottest event happening this Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. With headliner Beyonce (Happy Birthday Queen Bey) and a line up that includes Future (whom I love), Meek Mill, Fabolous, Nick Jonas, Jidenna and countless others, this is where you want to be this weekend. Tickets are unfortunately sold out but if you already have your tickets, I’ll see you there!