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Labor Day in Nashville Tennessee

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September, but did you know that the very first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday?  Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City to be exact.  In 1884 the first Monday was selected as the holiday and other states began to follow with celebrations.  Labor Day is a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and was created by the Labor movement.  In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a Federal Holiday, celebrated by all with a much needed day off from our labors.

Typically, Labor Day signifies the end of summer, but for those of you who follow my contributions to this blog, you know that I LOVE THE SUMMER and am not a very big fan of winter.  I am a fall born baby and do love this particular season, but as winter comes on its heels it is with conditional love.  Summer is not officially over until the fall equinox which is September 23rd so I will hold out until then, even as the days lose a minute of light each day.  As a school girl, our official start of school was not until after Labor Day, the start so much earlier now – and for good reasons BUT IT IS STILL SUMMER!  The sun is high in the sky, local pools are still open – you get my drift.  I am going kicking and screaming!

Many people celebrate the Labor Day weekend with end of season lake trips, long weekend trips to the beach, picnics in the local parks or neighbor’s backyard pools or family reunions, many keeping an eye on their college football team’s season openers and I think that is as it should be.  Celebrate with friends and family, good food and great scenery and SEC football.

Things To Do in Nashville on Labor Day and in September

One wonderful activity I will offer up here is to visit Centennial Park on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday over the Labor Day weekend and experience Shakespeare in the Park.  I am going on Friday night with a wonderful new friend I have met.  This year, directed by Denice Hicks with original music by David Olney and Stan Lawrence, Shakespeare in the Park presents “As You Like It”.  Festivities begin at 6:00pm with food and drink vendors, followed with pre-show entertainment at 6:30.  The performance begins at 7:30.  This all takes place in the Centennial Park Band Shell and there is a suggested $10 donation.  Be generous so this wonderful tradition can continue.  Speaking of continuing – you can still catch this performance September 4th through 7th and September 11th – 14th.

After the Labor Day holiday don’t despair!  There are still many September activities available for your enjoyment!  The 31st Annual Home Decorating and Remodeling Show takes place on September 5th, 6th and 7th at the new Music City Center.  SHOW PROS original founders, Vandy Richards and her late husband Mark, brought us the largest home show in Nashville 31 years ago.  Their son’s, Rick and Cash continue in their footsteps.  There is something for every room in your home, indoors and out and even in the garage!  You can even find a $2.00 off coupon at their website, in addition to all the information you need about this event at www.nashvillehomeshow.com.  Friday is free day for Seniors 62 and over and for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.  What a deal!  Send your kids with your Mom and Dad and have a day off on Friday and then enjoy the show the rest of the weekendJ 

Tennessee State Fair 

And let’s not forget the Tennessee State Fair, taking place at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds from September 5th through September 14th.  As always there are midway rides and some of the best midway culinary delights to enjoy – just remember that you will have to take an extra yoga class at McCabe Community Center or exercise class at your gym of choice after downing fried twinkies, corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy!  You can always hedge your bets a bit with an entry in the Funnel cake 5k and run off a few calories before enjoying these culinary gems. 

In addition to the midway, you can participate in or watch the many competitions available – pageants, 4-H livestock and agricultural events, creative arts, home brewery, games and eating competitions.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Nashville if there was not live musical entertainment galore!  Keep a look out for the line ups – not yet revealed, but if like last year’s certainly stellar music from our local stars!  Be sure to check out the website – www.tnstatefair.org – for the music line up and more!

Be safe, wear sunscreen and your life jacket and have loads of fun this Labor Day weekend!

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