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 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - plus 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!
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 30.
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 - almost sold out, so 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.
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:
Special Event Cruises:
Cinco de Mayo Cruise - May 5 - Enjoy sightseeing around Boston Harbor, on-board games such as giant jenga and corn hole on the Northern Lights' two decks, and a taco bar and specialty tequila drinks menu.
More Fun Cruises:
Boston Tea Party Cruise - Starts March 23 - No tea gets thrown overboard as you cruise around Boston Harbor - but instead you'll enjoy hot tea, tea-inspired specialty cocktails, and a tasty assortment of smoked salmon, egg salad, and other sandwiches, salads, chocolate cherry scones, and lemon cake with fresh berries. Use Coupon Code BDGSpring30for 30% off Boston Tea Party Cruise for departures through April 28
Live Irish Music Cruise - Enjoy the gorgeous Boston skyline while you cruise around Boston Harbor and listen to lively Irish traditional music from the visiting Irish band Curragh - with fiddles, banjos, uilleann pipes, concertinas, and bouzoukis, you'll think you're in a cozy pub in the Emerald Isle - especially when you see all the Irish libations at the bar
Summer BBQ & Beer Cruises - Starts May 25 (Memorial Day weekend) & features a tasty rotation of BBQ styles throughout the summer: Texan BBQ with cornbread, Argentinian gaucho BBE with chimichurri, North Carolina BBQ, Jamaican jerk BBQ & greens, Spanish seafood BBQ with paella, Hawaiian BBQ with roast pork and pineapple. Pair it with beer!
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.
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:
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Red Sox Games after Labor Day Weekend
The Boston Red Sox play out of town on Labor Day Weekend - but you'll have plenty more chances to see them at Fenway later in September - so use these ticket discount codes and reserve your seats now:
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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:
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 thing
s you need to know about what happens.
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.
Allston along with Brighton, Longwood, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, and parts of Brookline are the most-impacted Boston neighborhoods due to their large number of student residents. With countless UHauls blocking the streets and gridlocking traffic for a couple of days before and after September 1, 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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