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The procrastinator’s guide to Labor Day in Philly

Nothing to do on your day off? We have some thoughts.

Happy Labor Day! Have a barbecue. Or don't.

Happy Labor Day! Have a barbecue. Or don't.

Danya Henninger
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It’s first thing on the morning of Labor Day and you just realized you weren’t actually invited to take part in any holiday festivities today on your day off. We’ve all been there at one point or another.

Though many of Philadelphia’s fine establishments are closed today, there are still plenty of things to do on this random September Monday, Labor Day-related and not. Here are some ideas for how to spend your day, whether it’s in addition to boozin’ and barbecue-in’ on a porch somewhere or instead of it:

The parade

30th Annual Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration

The parade begins at 9:15 AM marching from 1301 S. Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue and travels north to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, where the participants will celebrate the festival. The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council and the AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council will set up a large tractor-trailer on the parade route near the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue. Parade-goers are asked to contribute items to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Where: Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 at 1301 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

When: September 4, 2017 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much: $10 admission


To donate to Hurricane Harvey victims, head to Columbus and Washington and look for the tractor-trailer. Items needed include:

  • New and gently used clothing in all sizes, for men, women, children and infants.
  • Bottled Water
  • Blankets and bedding
  • Non-Perishable food
  • Canned meats
  • Dry Goods
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Baby Diapers
  • Personal Hygiene Items – Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
  • First-Aid Kits and standard medical supplies
  • Trash Bags
  • Tarps

Other events you can attend

Johnny Brenda's

Johnny Brenda's

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Go Labor Day roller skating in Mayfair

When you wear red, white or blue and enjoy games, prizes, food and fun at the Rolling Thunder Skating Rink in Mayfair. There will be a special 99-cent admission price on Labor Day.

Where: Rolling Thunder Skating Rink at 7017 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19149

When: September 4, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: 99 cents for admission


Beer garden karaoke in University City

Mondays for the month of September is the only outdoor, happy hour, West Philly karaoke event. Jet Wine Bar, with partner restaurants REX 1516 and Cafe Ynez, will offer an extensive food and drink menu, including specials with Constellation Brands top labels Corona and Modelo Especial and cocktails made with Philadelphia Distilling’s Bluecoat Gin and Penn 1681 Vodka.

Where: PHS Pop Up Garden at UCity Square at 36th and Filbert, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

When: September 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free to enter


Black Monday at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Monday with DJ Dawn Dokken and friends will feature heavy metal from 8 p.m. to midnight at Johnny Brenda's downstairs.

Where: Johnny Brenda's at 1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

When: September 4, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Play board games and drink beer at Standard Tap

Bring your favorite board or card game upstairs to the Tap at Standard Tap, grab a beer and game. "Boards and Beers" takes place the first Monday of every month.

Where: Standard Tap at 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

When: September 4, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Harry Potter Quizzo night in Fairmount

Join London Grill for their usual Monday night Quizzo, this time with a Harry Potter theme. There will be food, drink specials and prizes.

Where: London Grill at 2301 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

When: September 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Labor Day edition of Open Mic night at Good Good Comedy

It’s Open Mic Monday at Good Good Comedy. Throw your name in the bucket, then do a five-minute set. Sign-ups are at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for audience members and free for performers.

Where: Good Good Comedy Theatre at 215 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

When: September 4, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: $5


Play music Quizzo in the Holmesburg

Labor Day Monday Quizzo at Pub36 in Holmesburg is all about music this time around.

Where: Pub36 at 7681 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19136

When: September 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Want to get out of town?

Pennsbury Manor

Pennsbury Manor

Billy Penn has compiled a bunch of day-tripping guides for places that are either just outside the city or only require a couple hours of driving. Here are some of our favorites:

And be sure to check out this guide for how to avoid traffic and this guide on where to eat if you’re planning on hitting up the shore in Jersey at some point this weekend.

And if you’re sticking around…

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Photo by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation via Visit Philadelphia

Be sure to catch the Blue Cross Riverrink Summerfest today, the last day the summertime oasis along the Delaware River will be open for the year.

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