Labor Day was first celebrated in Boston in the year 1878, and Oregon was the first state, in 1887 to make it a legal holiday. Later, in 1894, president Grover Cleveland proclaimed Labor Day a Federal Holiday.
Customarily, from the beginning, the celebration of the day began with a parade of the workers and their unions, followed by festivals and picnics. Today, little has changed. Parades, festivals, barbeques and picnics are still a form of celebrating Labor Day. And many come to our beautiful sparkling beaches.
As you drive down Scenic Highway 98 in Destin or along 30A in South Walton County, you cannot help but notice the colorful umbrellas and chairs, Frisbees flying, kites in the air, people frolicking and children digging the “proverbial hole to China” along the emerald waters of the Gulf. It is a summer long celebration on our beaches which actually does not end on Labor Day, aka the last day of summer. We are fortunate to have magnificent weather in the fall months which continue to bring the people to our enticing beaches.
Here are some things to do in Destin, FL to Rosemary Beach this Labor Day 2011:
HarborWalk Village, Destin – 10 Harbor Blvd, Destin, is hosting a free festival September 3-4, which includes music, arts and crafts vendors, giveaways, boat rides, a car show and free crafts for kids 3-6pm each day. For more information, simply call 850-424-0600.
On Saturday and Sunday Night enjoy free live entertainment by the Apple Beatles and Fireworks for the entire family. Fireworks will light up the sky over the Destin Harbor, on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 8:30pm. Go to Harbour Walk Destin for details.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – There will be an Art Exposition of all mediums and jewelry in the Village at Baytowne Wharf beginning Friday Sept. 2nd through Sunday Sept. 4th. And of course, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to go to, also!
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is thanking the men and women who serve our country by offering free rounds of 18 holes of golf with only the purchase of a golf cart fee.
Active or retired members of the U.S. military are invited to play on any of Sandestin’s three championship golf courses, Raven Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club, and The Links Course September 2-5. The golf cart fee is $20 at each course. Golfers can call 850-267-8155 to book their tee times and are not restricted to times on any course.
Gulf Place – Sept 5th 4:00 Pony Rides – And from 7:00-9:00 Even Money live in concert
Seaside, FL – Sept. 3rd 3-8pm The Amphitheater will present an award winning Disney Movie under the stars
Sept. 4th 8am-12pm Seaside Farmers’ Market at the Amphitheater right behind Raw and Juicy’s
Between 4:00- 6:00 pm Dread Clampitt live in concert
And at 6:00 live music by Atlantic record’s Michael Warren
Sept. 5th – 6:00 pm – Roman Street (from Mobile, AL) an internationally trained Latin jazz group will perform.
Sept. 5th Swing to rhythm and blues by Art Harris and the Z Tones – 6:00- 8:00 pm
Alys Beach – Sept. 5th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Outdoor shrimp boil, live music and college football
Alys Beach is hosting an afternoon of food, music and football at their amphitheater. Boiled local shrimp, potatoes, corn and smoke Andouille sausage. Grilled hot dogs for the kids. Fresh carved watermelon & fresh squeezed lemonade.
Live music by Donnie Sundal and College Football: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech on the big screen! Game starts at 7pm. $18 for adults & $8 for children under 12. All you can eat! Beer & wine available for purchase. (shown as advertised on the net)
Rosemary Beach – Sept. 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kids Rock The Block Party – Western Green, Face painting, moon walk and much more all free
Grand Boulevard – Sept. 6th 7 p.m.
“A Musical Farewell to Summer” Labor Day Weekend Concert, Grand Park in Grand Boulevard
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents “A Musical Farewell to Summer” featuring David Seering and The Classic Brass. Free. For more information, visit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation or call 850-650-2226. (As advertised on the net)
For all those who did and continue to work hard to make this country the best place there is to live, I bid you a restful and joyful Labor Day.