Why do we celebrate Labor Day? Well the long story has to do with the labor movement of the 19th century. According to history.com, in the late 1800s during the height of the industrial revolution the average American worked 12 hour days, 7 days a week just to make ends meet. Labor unions became more vocal and prominent as they fought for better working conditions. It was during this movement that the idea of a “workingmen’s holiday” was born, which has now evolved into Labor Day; the first Monday of September.

Our modern interpretation of Labor Day boils down to celebrating our achievements in one last hooray before the summer ends.

Let us share with you our experience with Labor Day in New Hampshire, and how you can make the most of it.

Read A Great Book

Read A Great Book

If you haven’t finished (or started) that summer read you promised yourself you’d get to this summer, you’re not alone. Relaxing can be stressful! Despite the conundrum, Labor Day weekend is a wonderful time to unwind with a good book – you deserve it.

You can keep it local with a Jodi Picoult novel; they’re thought provoking and always a pleasure. Or take a stroll through NHPR’s 2021 Summer Book Show: The Best New Books to Read Now.

Try a New Cocktail Or Visit NH Bar With Craft Cocktails

craft cocktails

It’s Labor Day weekend – Let loose with a delicously unqiue cocktail or two! Here are some hot spots around the state that are know for their impressive cocktails;

Visit Jocelyns in Salem NH: http://jocelynsrestaurant.com/

Get a Gold Studded Pink Ring (yes, it’s a drink) at Portsmouth’s Moxy Restaurant: https://moxyrestaurant.com/#home-moxy-restaurant-portsmouth-nh-section

The Local Eatery in Laconia Nh features drinks like the “Smuggled To Tamworth”: Smuggler’s notch infused maple bourbon, chocorua rye, a dash of black cherry juice, garnished with candied bacon : https://www.laconialocaleatery.com/drink-menu

Or you can sip away in the comfort of your own home! With this list of 11 Easy Cocktails to Make a Home, you can manifest your inner mixologist in no time.

Take A Hike

take a hike

Hiking is equal parts fun AND good for you. It’s a great solo activity to clear the mind, or you can find family-friendly hikes that everyone will enjoy. Our great state has a playground of mountain ranges and Labor Day Weekend in New Hampshire is a gorgeous time to climb and stroll with the wind in your hair, and the sun on your back.  If you’re an experienced hiker, you probably already know the next 4,000 footer on your list. But for beginners and families, here are some great Labor Day hiking options to check out:

Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard NH
Arethusa Falls, Crawford Notch State Park
Mount Major, Alton NH
Mount Kearsarge, Warner NH

Make A Weekend Out Of Back-To-School Shopping 

shop at the tanger outlets

Visit “the outlets” for cost effective back to school options. You could make a day or two of it, and visit some fun spots and restaurants in the area.

New Hampshire Factory Outlets:
Northern Outlet of New England
Colebrook, NH
Settlers Crossing
North Conway, NH
Merrimack Premium Outlets
Merrimack, NH
Tanger Outlet Center
Tilton, NH

​Commit To A Home-Improvement Project

shop at the tanger outlets

Summer is busy and as it winds down, you might even find some time on your hands starting with Labor Day weekend.  You can finally tackle a home imporvement project over the weekend, and you’ll  have an extra day to ease the pressure. 

It should be something fun – maybe even decorative – that you can finish in a couple of days. Here are some easy projects that aren’t likely to get out of hand, but will still have a worthwhile impact. As Labor Day weekend comes to an end, you’ll be saying, “Wow, look at that!”.

Updated 8-20-21

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