A Labor Day for Every Type: Where to Celebrate Near Baltimore

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A Labor Day for Every Type: Where to Celebrate Near Baltimore

August 26, 2021

Wakeup, work, sleep, repeat. For many of us, this is our daily rhythm. Most days of the year, our daily toil may go unnoticed, but one day a year, this hard work is recognized and celebrated.

Labor Day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of September, this year on September 6th. This holiday not only recognizes and pays tribute to the diligent work of American laborers, but also signals the end of the summer season. 

Why do we get this day off every year? The history of the labor movement in the late 19th century tells this story. During this time, the industrial revolution was at its height. This peak in industry also meant that Americans were working more than ever before with 12-hour work days and 7-day work weeks in often poor working conditions. Labor unions grew out of workers’ collective frustration, and these unions resorted to boycotts, marches, and strikes to make their desires known.

In 1882 in New York City, Labor Day was born when 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square. The idea of Labor Day caught on in other cities across the country, but Congress did not officially recognize it until 12 years later in the wake of the boycott against Pullman railway cars and the resulting riots. 

Nowadays, Labor Day is a time for us to take a moment to recognize our own contributions as workers and to take a much-need break from the workplace. No matter your personality and tastes, there is a perfect way to spend your Labor Day in one of the exciting locations within driving distance from your home at 1305 Dock Street!

Are you a…

wine lover?

Head on over to Charlottesville, Virginia. Within a 3-hour drive, you’ll reach this gorgeous, historic city. Stroll through Thomas Jefferson’s home and gardens, Monticello, or appreciate the waterfalls, vistas, and woods of Shenandoah National Park with a hike. And of course, relax for the evening at a wine tasting at one of the several wineries in the city — Jefferson Vineyards, Mount Ida Reserve, Afton Mountain Vineyards, and more! 

beer lover?

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, about a 1.5-hour drive from Baltimore, might be the ideal destination for your Labor Day weekend. Embark on Lancaster County Ales Trail to explore the brewing scene in this city. The Trail primarily features 6 breweries that you can easily visit in one afternoon and night. Want a break from the brew? Check out one of the special events occurring in Lancaster on Labor Day weekend, from an auction to a block party and food truck festival. 

nature lover?

If the outdoors is your happy place, take an hour drive over to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Start your day at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to learn about the Civil War history of the area and then take an afternoon 5-mile hike or bike on the Maryland Heights Loop. Or if you have the spirit of an adventurer, visit the River Riders adventure resort for rafting, tubing, ziplining, and more!

boating enthusiast?

Drive 1.5-hours south to St. Michaels, Maryland! Alongside shopping, restaurants, inns, and hotels, St. Michaels offers some of the best boating experiences around. Enjoy an upscale boating experience on one of their sailing charters or spend a few hours sailing on one of their historic boat cruises and sailing tours. Appreciate the beautiful scenery of the waterfront and also the rich history of this town that dates back to its purpose as a trading post in the mid-1600’s. 

beach bum? 

The options for a beach day or weekend are endless around Baltimore, but two of your best choices are Ocean City, Maryland, and Bethany Beach, Delaware. Ocean City, which is a 3-hour drive away, will not disappoint the party-animal raging inside of you. The nightlife in this location includes several beachside and bayside bars and grills, and a casino, taphouse, and nightclub. Looking instead to just have some you-time? Bethany Beach will be your perfect getaway. Also 3-hours away, bring your favorite book, a chair, and a sunhat to one of the most peaceful and relaxing beaches in this town. 


For those of us that love to indulge, Hershey, Pennsylvania will satisfy your sweet tooth. Only a 1.5-hour drive away from your home in Baltimore, Hershey’s main attraction, Hershey Park, will provide you with the chocolate-filled day of your dreams. After spending the day knocking out the best roller coasters and rides at the park, sit down for an evening at the Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar and Patio or spend the night at Hotel Hershey (where, of course, you’ll receive free chocolate immediately upon checking in). 

How will you spend your day off?

There surely is not a lack of options near Baltimore for this year’s Labor Day. Whatever way you decide to celebrate, tag us (@1305dockstreet) in your adventures on Instagram!


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