Before the kids have to head back to school, take time to enjoy one another’s company this Labor Day weekend. New York City is packed with fun, family-friendly activities that you can all enjoy, so celebrate the last of the summer weather by hitting the town with your little ones in tow. Here’s are our top five picks:
The Great North River Tugboat Race
On your marks, get set, boat! This Labor Day weekend, kick things off on the water by catching the Great North River Tugboat Race. Sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee, this race, now in its 24th year, takes off from Pier 84 as enthusiastic crowds cheer on the boats while enjoying the fresh air, games, and a spinach-eating contest.
The Labor Day Parade
Teach your kids what Labor Day is all about by paying tribute to the men and women who have contributed so much to America’s great history. Line up along Fifth Avenue and enjoy music, performance, and floats honoring the American worker.
The NYC Unicycle Festival
Celebrate the art of one-wheeled travel this Labor Day weekend at the NYC Unicycle Festival. One of the city’s most unique celebrations, this festival combines hands-on workshops, demonstrations, long-distance rides, and even unicycle sumo wrestling, making it a surefire hit for the little ones.
The Fourth Avenue Festival
Head down to the Union Square area this Labor Day and enjoy live music, unique shopping, and plenty of kid-friendly food at the Fourth Avenue Festival. Running from 9th to 14th Street on Fourth Avenue, your kids can safely explore this thoroughfare alongside you while it’s blocked off to motor vehicles for the day.
Star Trek Mission New York
Sci-fi fans will love spending Labor Day among some of the world’s greatest fictional space explorers at the Star Trek convention at the Javits Center. Kids can pick up collectibles, meet some of the stars from the TV series and movies, and compete against other fans in a cosplay competition.
Enjoy the last few days of summer by celebrating Labor Day weekend in New York with your family. From street fairs to conventions that boldly go where no man has gone before, your whole family can enjoy these celebrations held throughout the city.
Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Gotham West, The Nicole, One Manhattan Square.