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NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Your Guide to New Jersey Labor Day Weekend Events - Parades, Fireworks, Concerts, Festivals and other weekend events

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, falls on September 7, 2020 this year.

Created as a labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Over the years this holiday has evolved from a being a labor union celebration into a celebration of the unofficial end of summer, especially for families with kids.

Labor Day is often regarded simply as a day of rest and or end of summer celebrations that include picnics, barbecues, fireworks, parades, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before kids begin the new school year,

State of NJ

COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

The Sparta Outdoor Summer Concert Series
Friday, September. 4, 2920; at 7pm, weather dependent
Dykstra Park
22 Woodport Rd
Sparta , NJ
Free event
Friday, September. 4 - Big Fun(k)

JLPCC Labor Day Weekend Outdoor Concert
Septermber 5, 2020; 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jerseyland Park Community Center
783 Jerusalem Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Cost: Reserved Table Seating: $30.00 & Lawn Seating: $20.00 (BYOC/Tent)
Website/Tickets - Advance Tickets only
This outdoor concert features Valarie Adams and the Dimensions Band, with/DJ Kevin McAlliste, r and DJ Josh.
Food vendors will be on-site
Masks are required, social distancing encouraged

Liberty Science Center Re-Opens Labor Day Weekend
September 5, 6, 7, 2020
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
They will reopen with digital tickets and limited capacity. Guests are asked to purchase tickets online in order to reduce wait times and increase physical distancing. Tickets will go on sale closer to the reopening. Guests age 2 and over must wear masks. All of their staff members will be wearing them, too. They will have fun new programming designed with your health and safety in mind. While some experiences, like the Touch Tunnel and Infinity Climber, will be temporarily closed, Their team has created lots of new programs and modified exhibitions to reduce contact. Stay tuned for the exciting updates!
For the safety of everyone, they will also be doing body temperature checks. If you register above 100.3°F, your party will have to return another time. Increased daily disinfecting and sanitizing protocols will be in place for the entire facility. There will be special attention paid to highly trafficked areas and high-touch surfaces throughout the building and its exhibits. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the building. The Labor Day Weekend fun continues on September 6 and 7. Afterward, we will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Clark Celebration with Fireworks
Saturday, September 6, 2020; @9:15 p.m.(Rain date September 7 5th)
Arthur L. Johnson High School
365 Westfield Ave
Clark, NJ
Fireworks @dusk
This event, originally scheduled for July 4th has been postponed to September 6th.

Filipino American Festival
Sunday, September 6, 2020; 12pm — 8:00pm
Overpeck Park
199 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 076661
This event features all things Filipino with Filipino foods, vendors, a cultural show fashion show, entertainment, beverages, arts, bubble tea and more.

American Labor Museum Parade
September 6, 2020
83 Norwood Street
Haledon, NJ 07508
Step off is at 1:30pm. The march is scheduled to begin and end at the Botto House in Haledon. All participants are required to wear face coverings.

Central NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Spring Lake Labor Day end of Summer Celebration & Art Walk
Saturday, August 29, 2020; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Spring Lake, Third Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Stroll along the charming Spring Lake village 3rd Avenue business district while enjoying and admiring local artists work.

Bell Works Drive-In Theater
September 4, 5, & 6, 2020; @ 8:30pm
Bell Works
101 Crawfords Corner Rd
Holmdel, NJ
From the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 114. When entering the building please use the main (Crawford Corner) entrance.
Website/Schedule/Tickets - Puchase your tickets online in advance. @. $50 per vehicle
Sept 4th: Live Comedy Starring: Sidney Gantt, Shanell Renee, Ken Jones, Paul Lyons, Corey Alexander, Felicia Gillespie, @. $50 per vehicle
Sept 5th: Live Comedy Starring: Latice Mitchell-Klapa, Coleman Green, Gene Norris, Ed McGonigal, Felicia Gillespie, Paul Lyons, @. $50 per vehicle
Sept 6th: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire - Warner. Harry starts his fourth year at Hogwarts, competes in the treacherous Triwizard Tournament and faces the evil Lord Voldemort. Ron and Hermione help Harry manage the pressure – but Voldemort lurks, awaiting his chance to destroy Harry and all that he stands for. @. $25 per vehicle
There will be a large variety of food vendors availble with special menus for the drive-in.
CDC guidelines will be in effect with car spaces at least 8 feet apart, Bathrooms are located inside of Bell Works.

Beachwood Holiday Fireworks Celebration
Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Shelter Cove
Toms River, NJ
This annual celebration, normally held on July 4th, due to Covid-19 this year has been postponed to Labor Day weekend
Fireworks at dusk

Food Truck & Music Festival
September 5, 2020; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monmouth Mall - AMC Lot
180 NJ-35
Eatontown, NJ
Admission: $5 per person
This event features 20 trucks, music, pony rides, and margarita and sangria gardens. The venue will allow 500 attendees in at a time, and all must wear a face mask and there will be social distance marks in front of every truck. Organizers are asking attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to support local food pantries.
Please bring your own seating.

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
September 5, 6, 2020; 11:00am to 5:00pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, NJ
The Monmouth Park Racetrack will be hosting their Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival filled with horse races, beer tasting, great barbecued food, and fun for the entire family. some of the Garden State's best BBQ joints. In addition, cool off with a cold one in the beer garden with live music.

Trenton Pork Roll Festival
Saturday, September 5, 2020: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
Cost: $5
Whether you call it Pork Roll or Taylor Ham ... this cult favorite meat, still made in Trenton, is one of Jersey's most beloved edible treasures. This event features Food trucks & guest chefs, a Beer garden and full bar, Live music stage, their superhero mascot, P-Roll (alias: Casey Taylor) VIP option for the ultimate experience Games and fun for kids and adults alike..

South Plainfield Labor Day Fireworks
Saturday September 5, 2020; Fireworks at Dusk
Spring Lake Park
South Plainfield, NJ
908 803-1573
The annual Labor Day Parade and celebration has been canceled, except the evenings Fireworks display at dusk is still planned to occur.

Frenchtown Riverfest
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Bridge Street and Sunbeam Park
Frenchtown, NJ
This family celebration in downtown Frenchtown featuresa street fair celebration of life along the river! Stroll Bridge Street and Sunbeam Park for a fun filled day of live music, art, food, family friendly activities, and paper boat races with the Frenchtown Vikings, all with an ecologically and sustainability focused lens. Honor the mighty Delaware and join in festivities truly unique to Frenchtown.

Labor Day Sunday BBQ at Fox Hollow Vineyard
Sunday, September 6, 2020; 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fox Hollow Vineyards
939 Holmdel Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
This BBQ takes place on their beautiful patio featuring live entertainment by The Funktion Band
Enjoy the splendid views and amazing wine and delicious eats while grooving to some of the best music of the 70s through today.
Covid Rules: MAXIMUM of 6 guests per group 6' Social distance between parties must be maintained at all times Please obey all posted signs and floor markings

West Long Branch Fireworks Celebration
September 7, 2020
Franklin Lake Park
132 NJ-36
West Long Branch, NJ
This event, originally scheduled for July 4th has been postponed to September 7th.
Families can bring their blankets and find that perfect spot to watch the spectacle, A concert will begin the night at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the fireworks at 9 p.m.

Southern NJ Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks on the Beach in Wildwood
September 4th, 2020: at 10pm (Rain date is Sunday at 9 p.m)
On the Rio Grande Avenue beach
Wildwood, NJ
 (609) 523-1602
This weekly event previously canceled up until now because of the pandemic, has now returned.
Visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score that is played all along the Boardwalk and is simulcast on 98.7 The Coast.

Airfest 2020

September 5, 6, 2020; 10 AM – 4 PM
NASW Aviation Museum
500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ
(609) 886-8787
Facebook Page
Cost: Adults = $14, Kids 4-12 $10, 2 and under Free. AirFest admission is FREE if you are a Member of Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
This annual event features on Saturday, The Classic Jet Aircraft Association flying in, landing and doing a meet and greet. Additionally at least one formation flight around the Jersey Cape will be performed.
On Saturday & Sunday, there will be Live Entertainment by Animal House Band from 12-4pm - Exhibitors and Vendors - Food and Drink - More info to follow **Weather Permitting (Museum is open rain or shine however arrival of Jet Aircraft is weather dependent.)

LBI's Annual Chowderfest
Saturday, September 5 until Sunday, October 4, 2020; Rain or Shine)
Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue
(across from Schooner's Wharf and Bay Village)
Beach Haven, NJ
Chowderfest Weekend has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome the fall.
However, this year due to restrictions currently in place, the Chowderfest will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers. There will be a lot of events this year including a Chowderfest Play list for in home or on route listening, Ecommerce Chowderwear store, restaurants serving up dine and take home options as well as an online voting component, Chowder Virtual Run, social media and pop up surprises.
By allowing a full month to share the spirit of the event, it allows attendees to enjoy multiple restaurants at their own pace, avoiding overcrowding of restricted space and submitting their vote when they are sure of their choice. Starting September 5, patrons can begin purchasing Chowder cups, pints and quarts to taste so they can even create a "Chowderfest at Your House" event with online voting beginning Labor Day Weekend. Each voter can register for free and will receive the Chowderfest Virtual Information Packet. The event will be supported by interactive content as well as the announcement for the Chowderfest 2020 Overall Champion happening October 4.

North Wildwood Concert Under the Stars - BeatleMania
Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Lou Booth Amphitheater
2nd & Ocean Avenues
North Wildwood, NJ
The entertainment is live The featured performance is BeatleMania
The venue has benches to sit on so there is no need to bring beach chairs or folding chairs. We suggest you bring a hoodie or a blanket as it does get a tad chilly at night as the amphitheater is next to the beach.

West Cape May Tomato Festival
Saturday, September 5, 2020 (Rain date is Sunday, September 6, 2020); 9am - 5pm
Wilbraham Park
West Cape May
Cost: Free
This family event celebrates everyone's favorite fruit of summer and there are plenty of them on hand to sample- from tomato pies to empanadas. Don't forget your souvenir t-shirt!

Labor Day Sunday - Country Live

Sunday, September 6, 2020; 12pm - 9pm
Renault Winery
72 North Bremen Avenue
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Call us at 609.965.2111 to reserve a table, lounge area, or firepit.
Overnight hotel accomodations available
This country music event features Headliner, Shot of Southern with DJ Jay Roy, and also featuring Phill Keys.
Fireworks at dusk

2020 NJ Labor Day Weekend Ticketed Concerts & Stage Shows