Boston Labor Day Events

Boston Labor Day Weekend - 2021

Top Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in Boston

Boston Labor Day events offer the perfect combination: fireworks over the Harbor, lots of fun things to do, and (usually) warm, sunny weather.

For 2021, Labor Day (always the first Monday in September) falls on Monday, September 6.

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, in addition to the exciting fireworks show, include Red Sox games, concerts and shows, and special cruises.

More Labor Day Weekend Boston Harbor Cruises

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Downtown Boston, photographed from a cruise on Boston Harbor

Tour Boston by boat - the best way to see the city!   Check out these fun sightseeing, music, and entertainment Boston Harbor cruises on the Yacht Northern Lights and Schooner Adirondack III:

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Labor Day Weekend-Long Party at Lawn on D - TBD

Boston Labor Day Events -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.

Free Admission - ICA Boston

Boston Labor Day Events -Lawn on D
ICA Boston overlooking the Harbor

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.

After you've had your fill of art, enjoy a meal overlooking Boston Harbor at one of the many appealing South Boston Waterfront restaurants.

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.

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales at Assembly Row in Boston - 50% off sign at Banana Republic

Labor Day Sales attract bargain seekers and back to school shoppers throughout the weekend.

You can find great deals throughout the city, but to take advantage of reductions on already discounted prices at outlet stores, head to Boston-area Assembly Row or Wrentham Village.

For in-city shopping, check out sales at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Prudential Center.

Labor Day Weekend at USS Constitution 

USS Constitution - Labor Day events in Boston

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.  

Boston Cruises and Tours for Labor Day Weekend

Odyssey Cruise Ship on Boston Harbor

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

Photo from Boston whale watching tour

Family-oriented activities to do with kids in Boston on Labor Day weekend include:

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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, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park Tour, and more. 

Red Sox Games

The Boston Red Sox play several games on Labor Day Weekend:

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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:

Verb Hotel, top choice near Boston's Fenway Park

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Visit Cape Cod on the Fast Ferry

Cape Cod tour from Boston

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.

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One More Weekend at the Beach 

Revere Beach on a sunny afternoon
Revere Beach on a sunny afternoon

Even though Labor Day doesn't really mark the end of beach season in Boston, this last weekend of the summer is the perfect time to squeeze in a few more hours at a convenient city beach.  

Find out about Boston's best city beaches and how to get to them on public transportation

"Allston Christmas"

Allston Christmas in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
Allston Christmas in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood

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.

Labor Day Concerts & Shows

Dates and Ticket Information:

You can also catch Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.  Schedule and tickets

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Labor Day Fireworks - Cruises & Hotels with Views

Boston Labor Day Events -Fireworks over Boston Harbor

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, September 2. 

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.  

For hotels with views, consider South Boston waterfront hotels, downtown waterfront hotels, and North End hotels.  Compare prices online to find the best deals, but call the hotel of your choice to book a room with a view.

Where to Stay: Hotels in Boston's North End

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