Labor Day in New York City

Labor Day 2016 is Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day Parade in NYC
••• Labor Day Parade in NYC. Courtesy of IBEW Local 3, used with permission

When Is Labor Day?

Labor Day is the first Monday in September.

  • 2016: Monday, September 5, 2016
  • 2017: Monday, September 4, 2017
  • 2018: Monday, September 3, 2018
  • 2019: Monday, September 2, 2019
  • 2020: Monday, September 7, 2020
  • 2021: Monday, September 6, 2021
  • 2022: Monday, September 5, 2022
  • 2023: Monday, September 4, 2023
  • 2024: Monday, September 2, 2024
  • 2025: Monday, September 1, 2025

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day has been observed the first Monday in September since 1884 as a tribute to U.S. workers.

The first Labor Day Parade was held in New York City in 1882, actually pre-dating the creation of the federal holiday, and was organized by the Central Labor Union, which today is known as the AFL-CIO. The same organization continues to organize New York City's Annual Labor Day Parade (see below for details.)

What You Should You Know About Labor Day

  • Labor Day is a U.S. Federal Holiday.
  • Schools, banks and post offices are closed on Labor Day.
  • Labor Day Weekend marks the official end of summer.

What Is Open On Labor Day?

  • Museums that are usually open on Monday will still be open, including The Guggenheim Museum, AMNH and MoMA.
  • Most restaurants and stores are open on Labor Day
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open on Labor Day as part of the special Met Holiday Mondays sponsored by Bloomberg
  • Governors Island will also be open to visitors on Labor Day.
  • Some other attractions that are usually closed on Mondays have special "Holiday Monday" hours, including the The Morgan Library & Museum and New York Botanical Garden.

    Celebrating Labor Day in New York City

    • Although Labor Day is often celebrated with family picnics and final days at the beach, the long weekend is a great opportunity to visit New York City before summer ends.
    • Many New Yorkers head out of the city for the weekend, so it tends to be a quiet weekend in many New York City neighborhoods. Although most tourist attractions and restaurants in popular neighborhoods will be open, smaller businesses can often be closed for the weekend.
    • If you want to head to the beach to enjoy some sun and sand, Coney Island, Jacob Riis and Rockaway Beach are some of my favorite beaches to visit for the day. If you're out on Coney Island, you can enjoy some of the rides on the boardwalk at Luna Park.

    Labor Day Events in New York City

    • The Labor Day Parade is normally held on the Saturday after Labor Day. This year, it will be on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 67th Street. The Labor Day Parade is organized by the New York City Central Labor Council.
    • The US Open takes place from August 29 - September 11, 2016 and middle rounds of the tournament take place over Labor Day weekend.
    • Star Trek: Mission New York will take place at the Jacob Javits Center over Labor Day Weekend.
    • The Richmond County Fair takes place on Staten Island over Labor Day weekend and includes circus performers, crafts and rides for kids, music, food and competitions.