Boston Labor Day events offer the perfect combination: fireworks over the Harbor, lots of fun things to do, and (usually) warm, sunny weather.
For 2019, Labor Day (always the first Monday in September) falls on Monday, September 2.
Because this is a big holiday weekend, you'll also find lots of special events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the spectacular Labor Day Weekend fireworks show on Thursday evening.
Top Labor Day events for 2019, in addition to the exciting fireworks show, include the Dell Technologies PGA Golf Championship Tournament in Norton, Red Sox games, concerts and shows, and special cruises including fireworks cruises.
Labor Day Concerts & Shows
Don't miss Pearl Jam playing on September 4th at Fenway Park!
Labor Day Fireworks - Cruises & Hotels with Views - 2019
Fireworks launched from two "dueling" barges anchored between the North End and Seaport will light up the sky over Boston Harbor to kick off Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of fall.
The specatacular show begins at 8:30pm on Thursday, August 29.
Looking for the best place to watch Boston's Labor Day fireworks?
Without a doubt, best views will be from a fireworks cruise boat on the Harbor:
- Adirondack III - A beautiful and spacious 80' schooner, designed for comfortable sailing; with sails down, you'll have ideal views of the fireworks - Book now
More places to view the fireworks: Christopher Columbus Park and Long Wharf in the North End, the South Boston Waterfront (especially around Fan Pier/Seaport), the Downtown Waterfront, and Piers Park in East Boston.
An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise - Get into the holiday spirit with Slainte, the Northern Lights' house Irish band. Raise your glass as you join in singing some merry Irish holiday ballads on this 90 minute Harbor cruise - Find out more
Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise - Join in singing your favorite Christmas holiday songs led by the Blue Motion Jazz Quartet on this cozy 90 minute Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights with drinks and snacks available for purchase at the yacht's Main Deck Bar. - Find out more
Holiday Sunset Cruise - As the ship's captain points out highlights of passing landmarks and soft music plays in the background, watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline on this relaxing 90 minute cruise around the Harbor. Find out more
Holiday Jazz Cruise - Relax to the sounds of jazzy Christmas tunes performed live by Blue Motion Jazz Quartet, and enjoy an adult beverage on this 90 minute romantic evening cruise past iconic attractions along the Boston waterfront - Find out more
Holiday Brunch Cruise - See historic sights and panoramic views around Boston Harbor as you enjoy this 2 hour narrated cruise including hot chocolate and brunch (Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and spiked hot chocolate available at the bar) - Find out more
Cocoa & Blues Holiday Cruise - Enjoy Boston's sparkling skyline at night along with spiked hot chocolate or a glass of champagne as City of Four, Northern Lights' house R&B/funk band, plays contemporary versions of holiday classics inspired by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and the Temptations - Find out more
Adirondack III Cruises:
Returns in the spring!
Labor Day Weekend-Long Party at Lawn on D
Live music and DJs, lawn games, food and beverages, - the fun goes on all weekend at Lawn on D, located on D Street next to the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood.
Everything is free except for what you spend on food and drink. Hours vary a bit by day - so check their website for details.
Please note that the Lawn will be closed on Monday, September 2, for a private event.
Free Admission - ICA Boston
Flex your artistic muscles on Labor Day (Monday, Sept 2) at ICA Boston(25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston's Seaport District) where free admission for the day will let you explore the Institute of Contemporary Art's gallery exhibits and contribute your own drawing to a collaborative art project. 10am - 5pm. All ages welcome.
If you can't get there on Monday, keep in mind that you can also enter for free on other days when you have a Go Boston Discount Card.
More Fun Boston Tours & Cruises
Northern Trust (formerly Dell) - PGA Tour
PGA Tour's first event in the FedExcup playoffs, the Northern Trust (formerly Dell Technologies Championship) is being held in New Jersey this year - but will return to TPC Boston, named by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S.," located 38 miles south of Boston in Norton, MA in 2020. Golfers will compete in The Northern Trust for an $8.5 million purse to benefit New England charities as the defending champion taked on past champions. Check back in 2020 for details!
The USS Constitution, famous since the War of 1812 and the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat will be open for free visits throughout Labor's Day Weekend in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Active duty U.S. Navy Sailors conduct the tours and will answer your questions about "Old Ironsides" from 10am - 6pm.
Please note: Although the ship is usually closed on Mondays, it will be open for tours on Labor Day. Also please note: If you are 18 or older, you will need to present a valid federal or state-issued photo ID or passport to board the ship.
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.
Want to combine sightseeing with a memorable Boston experience? Try these special cruises and tours on Labor Day Weekend:
Boston Harbor 3-hour Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyssey - Enjoy a gourmet meal, dancing, and a romantic evening under the stars. Find out more
Boston Wine Tasting and Walking Tour - Sip wine at top restaurants on this walking tour around one of Boston's historic neighborhoods. Find out more
Boston Harbor 2-hour Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston - Enjoy a buffet meal, live DJ and dance party, and sightseeing along the Boston skyline. Find out more
Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard - You'll feel like you're in another world when you experience the beauty of Martha's Vineyard. This day trip gives you an easy way to get there - relax while a mini-coach whisks you to the ferry for the 35-minute ride to the island, and then either explore on your own or choose the optional mini-coach tour of the island. Find out more
Fun Things to Do with Kids on Labor Day Weekend in Boston
Family-oriented activities to do with kids in Boston on Labor Day weekend include:
Best way to save up to 55% when you take a Boston Harbor cruise or Duck Boat tour, visit Plimouth Plantation, the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Prudential Skywalk Observatory, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park Tour, and more.
Red Sox Games after Labor Day Weekend - 2019
The Boston Red Sox play out of town on Labor Day Weekend and return on Tuesday, September 2. You'll have plenty of chances to see them at Fenway in September - so use these ticket discount codes and reserve your seats now:
TicketLiquidator Discount Code - Enter TLWINTER to get $10 off orders of $250+ TicketNetwork Discount Code - Enter TNTIX to get $10 off orders of $300+
Want to Stay Nearby? Hotels near Fenway Park:
If you're coming to a Red Sox game, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the hip Verb Hotel, directly across the street from Fenway Park:
Labor Day Weekend is a fantastic time to spend a day (or longer) in scenic Provincetown at the eastern tip of Cape Cod.
The easiest and fastest way to get there is on the "Fast Ferry" - a sleek and luxurious passenger-only catamaran that whisks you to this charming village in only 90 minutes.
Explore Provincetown's many art galleries, chic clothing boutiques, and picturesque lanes at your leisure. Watch the sun set as you feast on clam chowder and a lobster roll at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water.
But don't wait too long - the ferry books up fast on any holiday weekend.
Although "Allston Christmas" has nothing to do with Labor Day, it coincides with Labor Day Weekend - so if you're planning to planning to visit Boston during this period, here are the critical things you need to know about what happens during this annual "event."
First, what exactly is "Allston Christmas"? When the Boston area's roughly 250,000 college students return to campus in September, a significant number move into apartments, just as others move out at the end of August and dump unwanted furniture including queen-sized beds and massive couches, household items, and clothes on the sidewalks and into the streets, up for grabs. The result is chaos.
Allston along with Brighton, Longwood, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, and parts of the North End and Brookline are the most-impacted Boston neighborhoods due to their large number of student residents. Some streets may be officially blocked to traffic (along with lots of curb side parking spaces), and others will be "unofficially" blocked - in other words, impossible to get through by car.
With countless UHauls jamming the streets and gridlocked traffic for a couple of days before and after September 1 and, unfortunately, throughout much of the Labor Day weekend, you may want to avoid these areas- unless you want to try your luck at finding the perfect mirror or nice pair of lamps among the debris.
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