Did you know the first official Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City? Over a century later, we’re still honoring the day as a national holiday used to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. Similarly to how they celebrated in the past, we’ve continued the tradition of hosting festivals across Michigan.

There are few better ways than to refresh the mind and prepare for back-to-school season than by taking some much needed family-fun time at one of the many Labor Day festivals. Find one near you!

  1. Michigan State Fair – Novi
    1. August 31 – September 4: Celebrating its fifth year in existence, the Michigan State Fair features a craft beer showcase, an assortment of contests, a dog performance, live music, and much more!
  1. Peach Festival – Romeo
    1. August 31 – September 4: This classic festival has changed a few times over the years but one thing remains the same: honoring Romeo’s most prized crop, the peach.
  1. Arts Beats and Eats – Royal Oak
    1. September 1-4: One of Michigan’s most well-known festivals will feature a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and food exhibits, from the Metro Detroit area, and across the U.S.
  1. Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit
    1. September 1-4: Dubbed the world’s largest free jazz festival, visitors will travel from all over hear the silky sounds of more than 60 jazz performances across the Labor Day weekend.
  1. Muskegon Polish Festival – Muskegon
    1. September 1-2: Make your way to the heart of Muskegon for all thing Polish including food, polka music & dancing, cultural activities for all.
  1. South Haven All-Crafts Fair – South Haven
    1. September 2-3: Take a stroll through Stanley Johnston Park and check out over 150 craft vendors selling hand-made items.
  1. Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk – St. Ignace
    1. September 4: Entering its 59th year, this annual bridge walk will provide fun for the whole family. Just remember to get there early!
  1. West Michigan Labor Fest – Grand Rapids
    1. September 4: During the fest, visitors can enjoy free admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, along with live music, games for the kids, and the “American Made” Car & Motorcycle Show.

Celebrate your hard work and soak in the last bit of summer before back-to-school with the family at one of these iconic Labor Day festivals.

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