Six Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in Phoenix

What to do this upcoming three-day holiday weekend?

Historically we celebrate Labor Day to recognize the hard working people in the workforce, originating through trade and labor organizations. After a long strike in New York, Labor Day was made and official holiday by congress and proposed to be acknowledged with parades and festivals. Today, most Americans associate Labor Day as the end of summer and the onset of fall, back-to-school and back to the daily grind. The big question on everyone’s mind, what to do? Six insightful tips in and around the Phoenix metro area, for families, friends, couples and everyone should help you find the perfect event.

For families looking for a classic weekend of barbeque and fireworks, Wet’n’Wild Phoenix is holding the perfect event for you, Phoenix style while you take a splash in the cool water. Enjoy all the parks attractions from 10am to 10pm. The fireworks ignite at 9:30pm. Visit for more information, tickets and updates on the barbeque. Located in the North Valley at Pinnacle Peak Road and 42nd Avenue.

There is more than one way to wet your weekend over Labor Day. The college kids are back in town and there’s no better way to celebrate than a last hurrah to summer tubing down the salt river. Visit for more information, themed events, directions and safety tips.

Although Labor Day brings in the fall, us locals know the weather here doesn’t let up until Halloween. Those looking for a cool breeze, jump in the car and head up to Jerome for a wicked getaway. Jerome is an official Arizona ghost town with a reputation for being haunted. However on the outside, Jerome is steadily becoming a trendy art town with eclectic shops and restaurants. You’ll find Jerome perched high on a hill about an hour outside the city of I-17 north, exit Arizona highway 260 and head east to this charming town. Wine connoisseurs or ‘Blood into wine’ movie enthusiasts, don’t forget to stop off at Page Springs Cellars tasting room off Arizona Highway 260 then continue north to Cottonwood and visit Arizona Stronghold tasting room and end your trip in Jerome of Arizona Highway 89A at Caduceus Cellars tasting room, owned and operated by James Maynard of Tool. The vineyards are open daily, year round and fortunately this Labor Day is harvesting season for our local vineyards. Visit for more information.

Art enthusiasts can head to the far reaches of the globe through National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths. With stunning portraits of Bedouins in the Middle East and swimming with sea turtles off the Galapagos Islands, Annie will present her work in person, Saturday, September 4th at the Fairmont Scottsdale. Visit National Geographic Events for tickets, room reservations and more information on this amazing opportunity to quench your wanderlust. Art lovers can also visit the ongoing Cézanne and American Modernism in Phoenix at the Phoenix art Museum Saturday and Sunday were you can view sixteen works of art by Cézanne and 80 other works from Stieglitz to Man Ray. Visit for information.

Wet your whistle at the Down Home Blues Festival, Sunday, September 5 at the Rhythm Room Bar in Phoenix. Guests include Bob Corritore, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Dave Riley, Kid Ramos, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Richarch Innes, Chief Schubuttie and Gillia Me. Tickets $13 in advance and $15 at the door, more information and tickets available at

Classic film buffs looking for a bit of nostalgia this Labor Day can head out to the final weekend of the “Hollywood and Wine” event at the Arizona Biltmore. The encore and grand final feature with ‘Musicians and the Movies’ series showing High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3 on Friday and Saturday, respectively and the Fab Faux on Sunday September 5, wine tasting from 5 to 7pm and movies at 8pm. Visit for event information and room rates.

21. August 2010 by Shelley Schadowsky
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