Boston Labor Day events offer the perfect combination: fireworks over the Harbor, lots of fun things to do, and (usually) warm, sunny weather.
For 2018, Labor Day (always the first Monday in September) falls on Monday, September 3rd.
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 2018, 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 fire works cruises.
Top Labor Day concerts this year include Lady Gaga and Sting - don't miss them!
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You can also catch Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse. Schedule and tickets
Red Sox Games on Labor Day Weekend
The Boston Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays on Labor Day Weekend - so head over to Fenway Park!
You'll have plenty more chances to see them at Fenway in September - so use these ticket discount codes and reserve your seats now:
Ticket Discount Code: TicketLiquidator - Enter TLSPRING to get $10 off orders of $350+
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:
More top hotels near Fenway Park:
Labor Day Fireworks - Cruises & Hotels with Views
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 8:15pm on Thursday, August 31.
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:
- Northern Lights - Watch the fireworks from the open top deck or the climate-controlled seated cabin on this elegant 1920s-style yacht - Book now
- 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 if you like, but call the hotel of your choice to book a room with a view.
Where to Stay: Hotels in Boston's North End
More Labor Day Weekend Boston Harbor Cruises
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:
- Cinco de Mayo Cruise on the Northern Lights - May 5
- Spring Luncheon Cruise - Through June 15
- Historical New England Harbor Cruise
- Summer BBQ & Beers Cruise - May through September
- Summer Luncheon Cruise - June 22-October 5
- Brunch Cruise aboard Northern Lights
- Northern Lights Sunset Cruise
- Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise On Northern Lights
- Adirondack III Day Sail
- Adirondack III Sunset Sail
Labor Day Weekend-Long Party at Lawn on D
Live music and DJs, art walk, slam poetry performances, lawn games, food and beverages, video art, magicians, street performers, movies, face paint - 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 Sunday jazz brunch ($25). Hours vary a bit by day - so check out the entire schedule on Lawn on D's Facebook page for the event: www.facebook.com/events/171441026621198
And don't miss the free screening of the classic shark-thriller Jaws on Sunday at 7pm.
Free Admission - Isabella Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (25 Evans Way, Fenway neighborhood) offers free admission to the museum starting at 11am on Labor Day in honor of Frank Hatch, a longtime museum trustee and Boston arts supporter.
Entrance is on a first come, first served basis, but due to capacity limits, the museum can admit only a specific number of visitors at once so you may have to wait in line for awhile. Entry is timed for every 30 minutes, beginning at 11am and ending at 4pm.
If you don't want to wait in line on Monday, keep in mind that you can also enter for free on other days if you have a Go Boston Discount Card.
More Fun Boston Tours & Cruises
Dell Technologies Championship PGA Tour
Golf fans will want to head over to the Dell Technologies 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!
Fun Boston Tours to Take on Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Sales
Labor Day Sales attract bargain seekers and back to school shoppers throughout the weekend.
Labor Day Weekend at USS Constitution Museum
Find out what sailors did for fun on the USS Constitution during the War of 1812 at the special Labor's Day Weekend "All Hands to Mischief!" 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. You can even take a nap in one of the ship's hammocks. September 2-4, 9am-6pm.
Please note: Although the ship is usually closed on Mondays, it will be open for tours on Labor Day this year.
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
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:
- Whale Watching Cruises - Convenient Downtown Boston Waterfront departures, and guaranteed sightings - Bring your camera!
Go for free if you have a GoBoston card.
Or book a whale watching cruise.
Find out 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.
- Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - Immersive exhibits let you experience the Boston "tea party" rebellion that triggered the Revolutionary War. Find details and tickets
Fun Sightseeing Tours of Boston
Boston Discount Cards for Attractions, Tours, Cruises
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