Labor Day usually marks the end of summer, but it doesn’t have to be the end of fun. Celebrate the summer fun you had and look forward to cooler days ahead with our Labor Day party ideas.

Here are 10 ideas for your Labor Day party:

labor day picnic
Photo by Rachel Claire

Classic Picnic

Charcuterie boards are basically just lunchables for adults. So, pack your favorite cheese, crackers, fruits, nuts and salami to munch on while you enjoy the last of the summer heat. Bring a frisbee or lawn games like croquet to play after you eat!

Barbeque or Cookout

Summer is the season for grilling! Before the weather turns chilly, make your favorite grill recipes or try something new at this year’s Labor Day party. Grilled kebabs? Smoked Brisket? Grilled peach over cold vanilla ice cream? The options are endless.

pool labor day party
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Pool Party

The days are getting shorter but there’s still enough summer left to enjoy a long day at the pool! Pool parties are great, family-friendly events. Make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring their favorite finger food. Make it extra-special by having a DIY popsicle stand with homemade sweet treats.

Sangria Bar

Adults only with this Labor Day party idea! What better way to relax than with the best of the summer fruit? Test out a new recipe like white peach sangria or go for the classic red sangria. Pair it with a Mediterranean board of snacks: salty olives, fresh crisp veggies, tangy feta cheese, and pita crackers. Yum!

burger and fries
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Burger Bonanza

One more time for the grill! Invite family and friends over for a delicious burger bar and let everyone make their own masterpiece. You can grill turkey burgers, beef patties, and some veggie burgers and have a wide variety of toppings and condiments. Bonus? Have a burger-off and pick a winner for “best burger.”  

Ice Cream Social

While you can definitely eat ice cream year-round, it just tastes better when it’s melting off a cone in the warm summer sunshine. Have each guest bring their favorite flavor and provide the bowls, cones, and toppings. Sprinkles, fudge, peanut butter — you name it! 

children celebrating labor day
Photo by Alaric Sim

Neighborhood Block Party

If you have great neighbors, you may just want to stay close by to celebrate the day off. Host a family-friendly block party with chalk, bubbles, a bounce house, and potluck-style salads, snacks, and desserts. Have everyone submit a recipe ahead of time and print out a neighborhood cookbook for everyone to take home. 

Back-to-School Night

For many, Labor Day weekend means both the end of summer AND the start of a new school year. Say goodbye to any back-to-school blues with a memorable party. Along with a table full of the best after-school snacks like popcorn, Chex Mix and pizza Bagel Bites, host a book swap with your friends. To top it all off, set up a photo booth to take your own school pictures! 

people swimming at beach
Photo by Min An

Beach Bash

For those who live close to the water, the ultimate sign of summer is a beach day, and what better way to celebrate a great summer than by one last summery beach bash? Go all out with your friends — coolers of drinks, beach snacks and sandwiches, along with your favorite sand games like volleyball and paddle ball. Don’t forget the sunscreen — the days are long and the sun is still hot!

French Fry Feast

There is something about an extra crispy french fry that just screams summer dinner. This Labor Day, host a fry-off with your friends. Have everyone bring their favorite frozen fries and a salad (for balance) and host a panel of judges to determine which is the best fry ever. Then have the ultimate dip competition and debate which is the best sauce for your fries: ketchup, sriracha mayo, honey mustard, or vinegar… so many tasty options!

No matter how you celebrate, it’s important to take time off of work and busy schedules to relax. Labor Day weekend is a great way to spend time with your favorite people while honoring all of your hard work.