This Monday, the country will once again be celebrating Labor Day. Every year, the United States celebrate this holiday on the first Monday of September. During this day, the contributions of employees that made the country strong and prosperous are remembered and highlighted. Since 1887, the US has been officially celebrating this national holiday. During this day as well, the US Department of Labor along with its attached agencies are holding programs that will promote the rights of every American worker through education and celebrations commemorating this special day.
Since tons of people will be hitting the streets finding ways to celebrate this holiday, here are some celebrations that you might be interested to take part in.
Labor Day Concert
The federal government will be holding a free concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. A concert that lasts 90 minutes, this Labor Day concert will be jumpstarting the performance season. In the concert, patriotic, Broadway, and popular music will be played, helping raise awareness for the rights of every American worker.
Kennedy Center Stage
Another Kennedy Center-sanctioned event, you can see readings, open rehearsals, and conversations with 40 different theatre companies. The event will be held on August 30 to September 1, 2014 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F. Street. The performances will start at around 12 noon till 10 in the evening.
D.C. Blues Festival
For music festival lovers, you may want to see the Blues Festival. This free concert has been going on for 20 years and has featured countless blues artists and workshops. The concert is for free though an after party that will happen at around 8 pm, which costs $10 in advance and $15 when you buy the tickets at the venue. It will feature Selwyn Birchwood at the Wheaton American Legion Post 268.
National Book Festival
The Library of Congress National Book Festival will hold its 14th staging. Here, 100 authors, illustrators, and poets will be there to talk about and sign their books. Pavilions for Children, Teens, Picture Books, Contemporary Life, Culinary Arts, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Science and Special Programs will be open.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
This recreation of a 16th Century English Village will consist of craft and food booths, five pubs, ten major stages, and a Jousting Arena where games will be played. This is held in honor of a visit by henry VIII and his Royal Court.
Virginia Scottish Games
This fair will celebrate the Scottish Heritage of the Virginia. A highland athletic competition will be held along piping and drumming, highland dancing, fiddling competitions, an antique car show, exhibits, along with live entertainment and children’s activities will be held.
War of 1812 Alexandria Signature Event
For history lovers, there will be a commemoration of the bicentennial of Alexandria’s involvement in the War of 1812. Exhibits, food vendors, waterfront activities, and a rematch between Alexandria residents and the British Embassy will be held.
Epicurience Virginia: Wine and Food Festival
You can have a taste and purchase the best and finest wines from Virginia in this event. See celebrated chefs create sample food and have a chance to meet top winemakers in this outdoor event.