Do you have Labor Day plans? Traditionally, the national holiday is spent decidedly NOT laboring — in fact, that’s kind of the point. Originally a way to honor the American labor movement, this public 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 3-6, 2021.
Relax and recharge while you escape the hustle and bustle of life! A quick and easy getaway to Daytona Beach is the perfect way to do it. From kayaking up close with manatees to kicking back in the sand, Daytona Beach is the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate this Labor Day weekend. Here are a few favorite ways to spend Labor Day weekend in Daytona Beach:
Catch a baseball game at 'The Jack'
Win or lose, ballpark hot dogs or gourmet sandwiches; a baseball game is going to be filled with lasting memories. Come root for the home team and watch the Daytona Tortugas, a proud affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play their last homestand of the 2021 season September 1-4 at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach. Games start at 7:05 p.m. with a special post-game fireworks display on Friday, September 3.
First Saturday Art Walk
First Saturday Ormond Beach Art Walk celebrates culture with seven stops featuring over 100 artists. Most of the artwork is handcrafted by local fine artists, but national and international artists are here as well. Stroll Granada Boulevard in downtown Ormond Beach every first Saturday from 5 to 9 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 restaurants, eateries, a craft brewery and galleries all within walking distance with plenty of public parking.
Rock out with live music and fireworks
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 or street festival. Here’s what's rockin’ for Labor Day Weekend:
- Saturday, September 4, 2021: Arrrgh! It's a pirate street party and pub crawl on Main Street in Daytona Beach. Main Street will be pedestrian only, from A1A to Peninsula, for the Rock The Block Rum Fest and Pub Crawl, starting at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, September 4, 2021: Completely Unchained - a Van Halen tribute band - starts at 7:15 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m., tickets may be purchased 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 Saturday night through September 11!
Family fun at ONE DAYTONA
It is family fun night every Friday night this summer from 6 to 9 p.m. at ONE DAYTONA, directly across the street from Daytona International Speedway! Enjoy fun games and themed family nights with an interactive DJ, race cars against other competitors down a 5-lane derby track, free giveaways and more. Food and entertainment specials are available throughout ONE DAYTONA. On Saturday evening, September 4, ONE DAYTONA 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 restaurants, all with outdoor patios, stroll the unique shops, or enjoy an after-dinner ice cream or Italian ice.
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.