Boston Labor Day Events Guide 2014

Fireworks & More Top Things to Do

Find out about best Boston events during September, such as patio dining while the weather is still warm

Boston Labor Day events offer the perfect combination: lots of fun things to do in Boston and almost always wonderful early September weather.

Labor Day always falls on the first Monday of September.

That means for 2014, Labor Day takes place on Monday, September 1st.

Because this is a big holiday weekend, you'll also find lots of special events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Top Labor Day events for 2014 in Boston include fireworks on Boston Harbor, the Deutsche Bank PGA Golf Tournament in Norton, Odyssey's and Spirit of Boston's special fireworks dinner cruises, Mass Brewers Fest, special family programs on the USS Constitution, free movies, and 4 exciting Red Sox home games at Fenway Park.

Best of all, you can find half-price tickets and discount coupons for some of these Labor Day weekend Boston events - especially if you start your planning early.


Fireworks on Boston Harbor

Boston Labor Day Events - Lobster dinners!Fireworks will light up the skies over Boston Harbor on Saturday, August 31 to celebrate the Boston Arts Festival taking place along the waterfront.

You'll have a great view of the fireworks from anywhere along the waterfront in the North End, Downtown, South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown.  A barge anchored between East and South Boston will provide the launching site. 

The free fireworks show begins at 9pm.  The Arts Festival takes place from noon to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 1, at Christopher Columbus Park.


4 Red Sox Games in Fenway Park
Labor Day

Red Sox home games in Boston on Labor Day weekendBoston Red Sox tickets will be easier to get than usual with many locals away for the Labor Day weekend. 

More good news:  The Sox play four home games at Fenway Park during the 4-day long weekend:  a 3-game series against the White Sox on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (August 30, 31, and September 1) and then the first game in a series against the Tigers on Monday September 2.

Check AceTicket and TicketLiquidator for best seats and best prices.

Want to stay nearby? Hotels near Fenway Park:

Hotel Buckminster, near Fenway Park in Boston Howard Johnson, next to Boston's Fenway Park Hotel Commonwealth, in Boston MA Back Bay Hilton, close to Boston's Fenway Park
Howard Johnson

More:  Hotels near Fenway Park


Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour

Golf fans will want to head over to the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, located south of Boston.  If you're a golfer, you probably already know that Golf Magazine named TPC Boston one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs" . . . so don't miss this chance to be there for the tournament!

More about the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tournament


National Bacon Day in Boston

Boston Labor Day weekend event - National Bacon DayWhen you think about Boston and food, bacon may not be the first thing that comes to mind.  Clam chowder, lobster rolls, great pizza, molasses-baked beans, and of course Boston Cream Pie - these are our local food specialties, right?

Well, we also love our bacon, and with August 31st being National Bacon Day, Labor Day weekend becomes a great time to pig out, so to speak, at some of Boston's best restaurants.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Picco's unbelievably wonderful bacon-laden Alsatian pizza (513 Tremont Street, South End)
  • B&G Oyster's out of this world, totally mouth-watering Lobster B.L.T. - really, this may be the best meal in the city (550 Tremont Street, South End)
  • Roxy's Grilled Cheese Green Muenster - bacon, guacamole, melted cheese - life is good (Roxy is one of Boston's food trucks - possible locations)


Labor Day Weekend at USS Constitution Museum

Photo of USS Constitution in Boston HarborFind out what life was like at sea on the USS Constitution during the War of 1812 at this special Labor's Day Weekend family event at the USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across from "Old Ironsides."  Lots of hands-on activities for the entire family.  August 31 - September 2, 9am-6pm. 

Getting there:  Walk along the Freedom Trail (the USS Constitution is one of the Charlestown sites), take the MBTA Water Shuttle from Long Wharf (next to the New England Aquarium), or get there on a 45-minute scenic sightseeing cruise to the Constitution.  

More about taking a USS Constitution Cruise

More about visiting the USS Constitution


Fun Boston Tours for Labor Day Weekend

Boston Movie Tours - Get Discount Boston Whale Watching Tours - Discounts Boston Ghosts and Graveyard Tours - Not just for Halloween Complete Guide to Boston Tours


Mass Brewers Fest - Top Boston Labor Day Event

Kick off Labor Day weekend on Friday, August 30 at the Mass Brewers Fest at the World Trade Center in Boston's trendy South Boston Waterfront neighborhood. Beer enthusiasts will not want to miss the opportunity to sample offerings from dozens of Massachusetts brewers, who will feature 80+ of their best beers.

To fully appreciate the event, consider staying nearby at a South Boston Waterfront hotel, or bring a designated driver!

More about the Mass Brewers Fest


Check for Labor Day Boston Hotel Discounts

Revere Hotel in Boston's Theatre District InterContinental Hotel Boston Onyx Hotel - Boston Millennium Bostonian Hotel


Fireworks, Dinner, & Dancing - Harbor Cruises

Photo of Odyssey Cruise Ship in BostonBoth the Odyssey and the Spirit of Boston are offering special Boston Harbor dinner cruises timed to give you a great view of the fireworks, plus dinner, dancing, and a romantic evening under the stars. 

Choose the 3 hour cruise on the luxurious Odyssey - or book a 2 hour cruise on Sprit of Boston as part of the "Land and Sea" Labor Day package with a night at the posh Revere Hotel.

Book the 3-hour cruise

Book the special "Land and Sea" package at the Revere Hotel


Terry Brennan at Boston's Black Rose on Labor Day

Photo of the Black Rose in BostonYou can always enjoy live music 7 nights a week at the Black Rose (160 Congress Street), a favorite Irish pub in Boston's historic downtown.  The best local and internationally known Irish musicians perform here at one time or another.

But for a special ending to Labor Day, stop by on Monday night at 9:30 to hear singer-songwriter Terry Brennan.

Spend the afternoon exploring the nearby Freedom Trail or shopping at Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall Marketplace next door!


Things to Do with Kids on Labor Day Weekend in Boston

Photo from Boston whale watching tourFamily-oriented activities to do with kids in Boston on Labor Day weekend include:

  • Whale Watching Cruises - Convenient Downtown Boston Waterfront departures, and guaranteed sightings - Bring your camera! Go for free if you have a GoBoston card. More about Whale Watching cruises
  • Swan Boat Rides - Head over to the Public Garden to ride on Boston's famous swan boats. Kids of every age love the nearby Make Way for Ducklings statues.
  • Tour the USS Constitution - Kids' favorite Freedom Trail site! Go for free tours given by ship personnel. More about touring the USS Constitution
  • Boston Arts Festival - Christopher Columbus Park in the North End - non-stop performances from 12 noon - 6pm on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1 - and don't forget the fireworks on the 31st!


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