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

For 2024, 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.

Top Labor Day events include Red Sox games, concerts and shows, special cruises, and huge sales.

Normally, Labor Day fireworks over the Harbor add to the festivities, but unfortunately, not this year.  The group that coordinates the fireworks hopes for their return next year.

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Labor Day Weekend Cruises

Boston sailing and yacht cruises
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:

 Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Grab a refreshments from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • Brunch Cruise on the Northern Lights - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
  • Boston Harbor Cruise on Northern Lights - Soak up Boston's unique sites and rich history on this comfortable sightseeing cruise around the Harbor - perfect friends and family experience!  Food and beverages available for purchase at the bar

Sailing on the Adirondack III:

  • Adirondack III Day Sail - Enjoy cool breezes and the afternoon sun on this relaxing sightseeing sail around Boston Harbor and the Inner Harbor Islands - Starts May 2
  • Adirondack III Sunset Sail - Relax as the setting sun turns the sky brilliant colors - Starts May 2
  • Adirondack III 90-Minute Mimosa Day Sail - Soak up the sun on this afternoon sail through the Inner Harbor and Harbor Islands with drinks available for purchase at the bar - Starts July 6

Mothers Day Cruise

Fun Book Your July 4th Cruises Now (because they sell out far in advance)!

More Fun Ways to See Boston

Labor Day Weekend-Long Activities at Lawn on D

Boston Labor Day Events -Lawn on D
Relaxing 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.

Free Admission to ICA Boston

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

Flex your artistic muscles on Labor Day (Monday, Sept 5) 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.

Where to Stay: Hotels in Boston's North End

Interested in staying in or near Boston's wonderful North End neighborhood, filled with tantalizing Italian restaurants and bakeries?

Boston Yacht Haven - waterfront boutique hotel in the North End
Boston Yacht Haven on Boston Harbor near the North End

Consider these welcoming choices:

Find more hotels in or near the North End

Labor Day Sales 2024

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

Boston Cruises and Tours for Labor Day Weekend

Odyssey Cruise Ship on Boston Harbor
The Odyssey, leaving Boston for an evening dinner cruise

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

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

Boston's North End Walking Food Tour - Explore Boston's Italian North End and sample the delicious pizza, pastries, meats, and cheeses that make this neighborhood such a popular destination.  Find out more

Boston Harbor 2-hour Lunch Cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston - Enjoy a buffet meal, live DJ and dance party, and sightseeing along the Boston skyline.  Find out more

Labor Day Concerts

Top Concerts - Dates and Ticket Information:

Top concerts in Boston in September 2024 include Peter Hook & The Light, Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper, with more coming soon:

Find more concerts and shows in Boston in September.

Fun Things to Do with Kids on Labor Day Weekend in Boston

Photo from Boston whale watching tour
Watching the whales frolic near 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! 

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.

Make Way for Ducklings Statues

While you're in the Public Garden, pay a visit to the nearby Make Way for Ducklings statues.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Immersive exhibits at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum let you experience the Boston "tea party" rebellion that triggered the Revolutionary War. 

Find details and tickets

GoBoston Card for Attractions, Tours, Cruises

Best way to save over 45% when you take a Boston Harbor cruise, see the city skyline from View Boston, visit Plimouth Plantation, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park Tour, and more. 

Find out more about the GoBoston card

Red Sox Games

Watching the Red Sox at Fenway Park
Watching the Red Sox at Fenway Park

Catch an exciting Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Labor Day Weekend - oops, they're playing out of town this year from until the 8th:

Enter DISCOVERY10 to save 10% on TicketLiquidator & TicketNetwork tickets.  Good for purchases made through 12/31/24.

Find more Red Sox tickets for September

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:

Check out more hotels near Fenway Park

Visit Cape Cod on the Fast Ferry

Cape Cod tour from Boston

Small boat on Provincetown beacj

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.

Get Your Fast Ferry Tickets to Provincetown

Find out more about visiting Provincetown

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

Labor Day Weekend at USS Constitution 

USS Constitution in Boston Harbor
USS Constitution doing her turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor on July 4th - Photo credit: Journalist 2nd Class Todd Stevens, US Navy photo, public domain

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 (free) 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).  

You can also get close-up views of the USS Constitution on some Harbor Cruises

"Allston Christmas":  A Boston Labor Day Event You May Want to Avoid (If You Can)

Allston Christmas in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
Allston Christmas in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood - and in case you're wondering, yes, this street was completely blocked by all the moving vans and piles of discarded household goods

Although "Allston Christmas" has nothing to do with Labor Day, it does coincide 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. 

That means huge piles of unwanted furniture including queen-sized beds and massive couches, household items, and clothes gets dumped onto the sidewalks and into the streets. 

From treasures to trash, it's all up for grabs. The result is chaos.

The most-impacted Boston neighborhoods, due to their large number of student residents, include Allston, Brighton, Longwood, Beacon Hill, Cambridge (especially around Harvard Square and Kendall Square), and parts of the North End and Brookline.   Somerville also feels the hit, due to its large student population.

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, you can't get through by car.  And don't bother honking.

Also a small warning:  this is also the weekend when "Storrowing" is mostly likely to happen. 

What is Storrowing? 

Storrowing is what happens when trucks (often but not always moving trucks) over 10 feet high fail to read the "Clearance" signs on Storrow Drive's underpasses before either shearing off their top or getting stuck. 

The resulting mess halts traffic for a very long time - so take it from a Local, if you're driving anything larger than an SUV, consider avoiding Storrow Drive if you can.  But if you can't, please, please, please READ the clearance signs!!!

So is Allston Christmas an event to look forward to?


With countless UHauls jamming the streets, gridlocking traffic, and possibly getting Storrowed for a couple of days before and after September 1 and, unfortunately, throughout much of the Labor Day weekend, Allston Christmas is a Boston event you may want to miss. 

Unless, of course, you're tempted to try your luck at finding the perfect mirror or nice pair of lamps among the debris. 

Labor Day Fireworks

Boston Labor Day Events -Fireworks over Boston Harbor
Labor Day fireworks over Boston Harbor - Photo credit: Matthew Landers/Unsplash

Please note:  Boston's Labor Day fireworks will not take place this year due to restraints on resources, but hopefully they will return in 2024.  We are leaving the following information up in case you want to plan for next year:

Fireworks launched from a barge anchored between the North End and Seaport up the sky over Boston Harbor will kick off Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of fall.

Boston's spectacular Labor Day fireworks show begins at 8pm on the Thursday before Labor Day.

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:

Where to watch the fireworks from the shore:  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.

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