What to do around DC during Labor Day

Celebrate Labor Day, the informal end of summer, with any one of these festivals, ballgames and more happening around the D.C. area.

Don’t forget to take a moment to remember the contributions of American workers who made Monday a holiday. The first Labor Day celebrations happened on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The dinosaurs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo leave after Monday, Sept. 2. Learn more here.

This year’s “Summer Block Party” installation at the National Building Museum ends Monday, Sept. 2. Catch the interactive exhibit before it’s gone forever. Learn more here.

Go back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which runs from Aug. 24 through the weekends until Oct. 20.

The end of summer doesn’t have to be all sad, because fall brings in some quintessential sounds and flavors. Celebrate the coming of the new season at the Apple Gala and Fresh Cider Festival at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia.

And, there a number of towns and parks around the D.C. area that have their own Labor Day festivities. Here’s a sampling:

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival: spans the weekend and includes a parade and carnival games.

Kensington Labor Day parade and festival: Catch the start of the parade at 10 a.m.

Gaithersburg Labor Day parade: The parade runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

Herndon Labor Day Festival: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, attendees get a chance to taste some Virginia wines and craft beers, and check out some local entertainment.

Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park: Celebrate, support and admire the work of artists from across the mid-Atlantic region from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

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