A fun Labor Day is likely deserved this year more than most.

Labor Day, which is observed on the first Monday of September, has been a federal holiday since 1894. First created by the labor movement in the latter part of the 19th century it is a day paying national tribute to the contributions of workers to the prosperity, strength, and well-being of the country.

After the ups and downs of the past few months combined with the extra cooking and cleaning needed to stay safely at home, a break from all the labor of life is definitely worth celebrating. While the festivities of Labor Day 2020 will be somewhat different, there is no reason the last long weekend of the summer cannot be a fun holiday.

At Stiltz Home Elevators, the team bring you some of the best ideas of how to have an enjoyable Labor Day in a safe and celebratory way.

1. Create a Back Yard Movie Theatre
What a treat for the whole family to have your very own outdoor movie night. Set up a simple system using a movie projector, hang a sheet as a screen, decorate with string lights and set out comfy socially-distanced seating for friends. Celebrate the end of summer in true style with popcorn, hotdogs and your favourite classic movies all under the stars.

2. Ice Cream Sundae
Turn a simple dessert into an occasion. Set out toppings, sprinkles, sauces and icecream flavours, and everyone can build the icecream sundae of their dreams. Go crazy for hot fudge sauce, m&ms, mini marshmallows, and whatever else grabs your imagination. Don’t forget second helpings!

3. Back Yard Games
Turn your back yard into a carnival for the day with red, white and blue bunting, and games from the old days. Toss beanbags through the cornhole, Pick-a-Duck, and apple bobbing, will have the whole family having fun together and getting competitive.

4. Go Wild in the Water
Embrace nature by seeking out a local natural water hole, lake or river for a wild-swim. Making sure it is well known to be safe, enjoy the last long weekend of the summer months and forget about the office for a while by literally immersing yourself in nature. September is often said to be the best time for outdoor swimming as the water is at its warmest following the long summer.

5. S’more Memory Making
What better way to enjoy a warm Labor Day evening than gathered around a fire pit making s’mores. You can go traditional with marshmallows and choclate or you can go deluxe by adding fruit, different types of candy and cookies.

6. Happy Hour
Enjoy the day of work in style by trying your hand at some tasty cocktail recipes. Master the basics of your favourite drinks then experiment with different juices, and flavours. Then sit back, relax and imagine you are in your own private cocktail bar.

7. Street parade
If you cannot make it to your usual parade this year, you can have fun running your own. You could invite the neighbours, and get the neighbourhood kids involved. Maybe have a prize for the most red, white and blue outfit. This could be a chance to get to better know the people who live on your street, whilst still staying socially distant.

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