How to celebrate Labor Day weekend in the DC area

WASHINGTON — Celebrate the informal end of summer, Labor Day, with any one of these festivals, ballgames and more going on around D.C.

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.

Click through the gallery below to find a number of events happening around the D.C. area:

Fans stand after it was announced that the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds was postponed at Nationals Park, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Washington. The game is rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4th. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Catch a Washington Nationals game at Nats Park over the weekend with special promo items and theme nights. On Friday, Aug. 31, when the Nats take on the Milwaukee Brewers, the first 20,000 fans age 21 and over get a chance to get a trucker cap. Revisit the 2000s on Saturday, Sept. 1, and grab a kids pajama set for those 12 and under on Sunday, Sept. 1. Then, on Monday, Sept. 3, when the Nats face the St. Louis Cardinals, the first 20,000 fans get a chance to snag a Nats zip-up hoodie. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Visitors file in to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building to see Pope Francis on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Watch the free Labor Day Capitol Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. Head on over to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to enjoy a night of classics and pop tunes. Find more information on the Kennedy Center’s website. (WTOP/Dennis Foley) (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
The 2015 National Book Festival will be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sept. 5. (Facebook/Library of Congress)
The 2018 National Book Festival will be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sept. 1. Authors coming include Celeste Ng (“Little Fires Everywhere”), Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s, “The Monk of Mokha”) and Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, who will be signing her recently released children’s books. (Facebook/Library of Congress) (Facebook/Library of Congress)
Girls submerge in the ocean at  "The Beach", an interactive architectural installation inside the National Building Museum in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Beach, which spans the length of the museum's Great Hall, was created in partnership with Snarkitecture, and covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Catch the last few days of the “Fun House” installation at the National Building Museum. The exhibit, part of the museum’s annual Summer Block Party series, includes a ball pit, similar to “The Beach” installation in 2015. The last day is Monday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for kids 3 to 17, students with ID, seniors and AARP members. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) celebrates his goal with forward Wayne Rooney (9) and Yamil Asad (22) during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington. D.C. United won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Check out D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) and forward Wayne Rooney (9) at brand-new Audi Field as the black-and-red take on Atlanta United in a nationally-televised game at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, McIntosh apples hang on a tree at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, Mass.  After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on products the Chinese government responded Friday, March 23, 2018, with a threat to add an equal 25 percent charge on U.S. products including pork. A 15 percent tariff also would be imposed on wine, apples, ethanol and stainless steel pipe as part of a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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. If you can’t come in on Sept. 1 or Sept. 2, don’t worry — the festival runs every Saturday and Sunday in September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) (AP/Steven Senne)
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Love beer? Love pork? Get them together at “Porktoberfest” at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 2, get your fill of pig roast, beer, live music and more. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Upyanose)
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The D.C. Blues Society will host the 29th Annual D.C. Blues Festival on Labor Day at a new location this year: the Wundergarten, a beer garden at 1101 First St. Northeast, close to the NoMa/Gallaudet Metro station. The free festival goes from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features Memphis Gold with harmonica player Charlie Sayles. (Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Prepare for Labor day weekend. Here's what's open and closed on Monday. (Thinkstock)
A number of towns around the D.C. area 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. at St. Paul Park. — Gaithersburg Labor Day parade: The parade kicks of 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3 near Gaithersburg Elementary School on E. Diamond Avenue and ends by Lakeforest Mall. — Herndon Labor Day Festival: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, attendees get a chance to taste some Virginia wines and craft beers, and check out some local entertainment. (Thinkstock) (Thinkstock)
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Grab your kilts and celebrate heritage at the annual Virginia Scottish Games and Festival on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 in The Plains, Virginia. The event offers tests in athletic ability and will feature lots of Scottish food, drink and entertainment. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/encrier)
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Go back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which runs from Aug. 25 through the weekends until Oct. 21. (Courtesy Maryland Renaissance Festival/Alejandro Baez)
This photo taken May 20, 2014 shows a view of the new "Capital Wheel" at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. With a massive new Ferris wheel overlooking the nation’s capital, a children’s museum, a village of restaurants and hotels and a major casino resort on the horizon, National Harbor in Maryland has quickly become a travel alternative to the marble monuments and museums of nearby Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
For a mellow time where you can still enjoy the summer night outside, catch an outdoor family movie at National Harbor. “A Wrinkle in Time” plays on Sunday, Sept. 2. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) (AP/Evan Vucci)
Glen Echo Park will remain the property of the National Park Service and retain its status as a national park while under new management. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Celebrate the labor of arts at the 48th annual Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park from Saturday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 3. Peruse the works of over 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic region for free. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
An aerial view of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, center back,  Key Bridge, center, and Memorial Bridge, forground, and the Potomac River in Washington, Friday, July 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Check out the “Page-to-Stage” festival at the Kennedy Center from Saturday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 3. Over 60 D.C.-area theater companies converge for free open rehearsals and readings of musicals and plays to showcase the active local arts scene. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Cliff Owen)
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Fans stand after it was announced that the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds was postponed at Nationals Park, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Washington. The game is rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4th. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Visitors file in to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building to see Pope Francis on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
The 2015 National Book Festival will be held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sept. 5. (Facebook/Library of Congress)
Girls submerge in the ocean at  "The Beach", an interactive architectural installation inside the National Building Museum in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Beach, which spans the length of the museum's Great Hall, was created in partnership with Snarkitecture, and covers 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) celebrates his goal with forward Wayne Rooney (9) and Yamil Asad (22) during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington. D.C. United won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2015, file photo, McIntosh apples hang on a tree at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, Mass.  After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on products the Chinese government responded Friday, March 23, 2018, with a threat to add an equal 25 percent charge on U.S. products including pork. A 15 percent tariff also would be imposed on wine, apples, ethanol and stainless steel pipe as part of a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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Prepare for Labor day weekend. Here's what's open and closed on Monday. (Thinkstock)
Men in traditional kilts (Thinkstock)
2013_3rd_Place_Best_Photo-1.jpg.jpg
This photo taken May 20, 2014 shows a view of the new "Capital Wheel" at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. With a massive new Ferris wheel overlooking the nation’s capital, a children’s museum, a village of restaurants and hotels and a major casino resort on the horizon, National Harbor in Maryland has quickly become a travel alternative to the marble monuments and museums of nearby Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Glen Echo Park will remain the property of the National Park Service and retain its status as a national park while under new management. (WTOP/Kristi King)
An aerial view of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, center back,  Key Bridge, center, and Memorial Bridge, forground, and the Potomac River in Washington, Friday, July 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)


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