Hey there NYC Tourists, did you know Labor Day is less than a month away? Oh, don't cry, the official end of summer just means the official start of fall fun in NYC! Labor Day weekend itself is full of exciting things to do in the Big Apple and autumn in New York is arguably even more exciting than summer - enjoy gorgeous fall colors, cooler weather and all of your favorite NYC attractions!
Labor Day is the first Monday of September each year and Labor Day 2015 will take place on September 7th. The day historically commemorates and honors all of the workers of America and as a Federal Holiday all schools, banks and post offices are closed. In NYC lots of great restaurants and things to do stay open, though, so don't worry about having a great time on your Labor Day vacation!
Top NYC Tourist Attractions Open on Labor Day
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: Celebrate Labor Day by seeing wax reproductions of all of the best celebrities who have worked hard to keep us entertained over the past few generations! The whole family will love these life-like wax models and this is a great family-friendly NYC attraction that is open on Labor Day.
- Empire State Building: This is a must-see attraction in NYC no matter what time of year it is! The Empire State Building is one of the few attractions in NYC open all 365 days of the year. See gorgeous views of the city that you can't expect from any other location.
- Central Park Zoo: The Central Park Zoo is a great place to unwind and enjoy a Monday off of work. See awesome exotic animals such as snow leopards and poisonous reptiles and enjoy an educational afternoon stroll that the whole family can enjoy. Just don't forget some sunscreen as you will be out in the open air for a while!
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met NYC is usually closed on Mondays but as a part of the special Met Holiday Mondays, everyone can enjoy this rich museum of art on Labor Day! Get your fill of the finer things in life and see really spectacular exhibits of art from every age and every part of the world.
Things to Do in NYC on Labor Day Weekend
- New York Labor Day Parade: This annual city parade honors laborers all over with participation by cranes, cars, bands, floats and all of NYC's proud union members! The parade will begin at 5th Ave and 44th St and is organized by the NYC Central Labor Council.
- Brooklyn West Indian Carnival: With participation in the millions, this Labor Day event is quite possibly the most popular parade and carnival hosted in NYC! First founded in Harlem in the 1920's this Carnival has live music, dancing and delicious Caribbean cuisine, all to celebrate the West Indian presence in New York. The festivities are a blast with a ton of booths to see and fine arts and crafts to buy, so make sure you come ready for a party!
- Restaurant Week: Restaurant Week this year has been extended through Labor Day! That means that if you're in town for any of the above celebrations, you can also enjoy the finest dining in NYC for a fraction of the price. Get out and try new foods that you wouldn't be able to afford otherwise and treat yourself to delicious luxury meals while you're in the Big Apple!
Fall in NYC
- Central Park: The trees in Central Park and all over NYC welcome in the cooler weather with a gorgeous display of reds, yellows and bronzes. See fall like you can't enjoy it anywhere else and take a stroll in Central Park, NYC. Just make sure to bring your camera! These beautiful autumn colors are something you will want to remember forever.
- Fewer Tourists: As true NYC Tourists we all understand that while we love our fellow tourists, the city can be even more enjoyable with smaller crowds. In NYC autumn you not only get beautiful scenery, but the summer tourists have dwindled by this time of year and the holiday travelers have yet to arrive. This break in the busy season is a perfect opportunity to see great NYC attractions without the huge lines and waits.
- Relief From Weather: Summer in NYC can be brutal with high temperatures, muggy air and high humidity. By the time September rolls around you might still experience some humidity, but the the weather will have cooled off some and a walk around the city will be much more enjoyable. Go in October for the best weather all year, although you do risk the chance of light rainfall, too.
Labor Day may be the official end to one of our most favorite seasons in NYC (summer!), but that doesn't mean it's cause to be sad. Not only are there a ton of really fun and exciting things to do in NYC on Labor Day weekend, but the end of summer also means the start of fall! NYC autumn is a beautiful time with great perks and all of the same wonderful things to do in New York. So pack your bags, book a hotel room and get ready for your next trip to NYC!