Relax and recharge while you escape the hustle and bustle of life this Labor Day weekend! A quick and easy getaway to Daytona Beach is the perfect way to do it. From kayaking up close with manatees to kicking back at the beach, Daytona Beach is the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate this Labor Day weekend.

Traditionally, Labor Day is spent decidedly NOT laboring — in fact, that’s kind of the point. Originally a way to honor the American labor movement, this national holiday celebrates the various accomplishments and efforts of American workers. Unofficially, Labor Day denotes the end of summer in the United States.

While all good things must come to an end, summer fun is extended in Daytona Beach, thanks to the area’s moderate temperatures, warm waters and bright sunshine. However, if you’re looking for one last summer hurrah, head to Daytona Beach for a long weekend this Labor Day. The holiday always takes place on the first Monday of September, and this year, Labor Day weekend falls on September 2-5, 2022. Here are a few favorite ways to spend Labor Day weekend in Daytona Beach:

Live Music and Fireworks at the Daytona Beach Bandshell

After soaking up some sunshine on the beach or exploring outdoor hiking and biking trails, top off a fun and relaxing day with a rockin’ beachfront concert. Here’s what's rockin’ for Labor Day weekend at the Daytona Beach Bandshell:

  • Friday, Sept. 2, 2022: Vegas McGraw - Tim McGraw Tribute, starts at 7:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 3: Completely Unchained - a Van Halen tribute band - starts at 7:15 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.,
  • Sunday, Sept. 4: FAST FORWARD - Kenny Chesney Tribute - starts at 7:15 p.m.

The concerts are free and open to the public with the option to purchase VIP tickets in advance. The music is entertaining, the crowd is lively, and the views can’t be beat — don’t miss out! Learn more about the summer concert series and enjoy the Bandshell summer concert events every Friday and Saturday night through September 24!

ONE DAYTONA Car Show 

On Saturday evening, September 3, ONE DAYTONA, located directly across the street from Daytona International Speedway, will host the Speed & Sound Cruisin' Car show, a monthly celebration of everything auto. Muscle, street and classic cars will be on display from 4-7 p.m.. Any night you can enjoy dinner at one of several ONE DAYTONA restaurants, all with outdoor patios, stroll the unique shops, or enjoy an after-dinner ice cream or Italian ice.  

First Saturday Art Walk

The First Saturday Ormond Beach Art Walk brings together fine art galleries and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens on the first Saturday of each month for art openings and art events. Most of the artwork is handcrafted by local fine artists, but national and international artists are here as well. Ride the Art Walk shuttle on Granada Blvd. in downtown Ormond Beach every first Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. to experience new creations, meet new creators, and treat yourself to a night of intellectual and aesthetic stimulation. Make it an evening out with local restaurants, outdoor dining, a craft brewery and art galleries all within walking distance with plenty of public parking. 

Of course, you always have the option to plop down under a beach umbrella and only lift a pinky to reach for an ice-cold lemonade. After all, Labor Day is a day of rest and restoration, and Daytona Beach offers plenty of that to go around!

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and make the easy, breezy drive to Daytona Beach for a relaxing Labor Day weekend. With a wide variety of oceanfront accommodations available on a whim, you can go from rolling down the highway to relaxing in the sand in just hours.

Start planning your Labor Day getaway today! Enjoy a look at everything Daytona Beach has to offer, and download our free official vacation guide or sign up for our e-newsletter.