Why do we celebrate Labor Day? Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September, is a day to honor the labor movement in the United States. The first Labor Day occurred on May 4, 1886 in Chicago, became a federal holiday in 1894, and was switched to the first Monday in September in 1900. Celebrated this year on Monday, Sept. 7, Baltimoreans have their pick of free events and activities this Labor Day. For a day of shopping for trinkets and treasures, stop by the Labor Day Indoor Flea Market in Westminster, Maryland. Music lovers will enjoy the arts, crafts, and free musical entertainment at the First Sunday Fall Arts Festival in Annapolis, the Lakefront Summer Festival in Columbia, and the Skipjack Race & Festival on Deal Island.
Labor Day Indoor Flea Market
Shipley Arena
706 Agriculture Center Drive
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-6704

Date: Sept. 5, 2015 at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 2015 Labor Day Indoor Flea Market will take place Saturday, Sept. 5. The event will occur in the Danielle Shipley Memorial Arena, located at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster. The 2015 Labor Day Indoor Flea Market will showcase vendors “selling everything you can imagine.” Admission hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no entry fee for the 2015 Labor Day Indoor Flea Market.

First Sunday Fall Arts Festival
Calvert St. and West St.
P.O. Box 6295
Annapolis, MD 21401

Date: Sept. 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Every Sunday, visitors to Annapolis can attend the First Sunday Fall Arts Festival. The First Sunday Fall Arts Festival is held on the first Sunday of May, June, July, August, September, October, and November. On Sunday, Sept. 6, visitors to Annapolis can enjoy food, crafts, music and art. The First Sunday Fall Arts Festival is a combination street festival, art market, entertainment venue and arts and crafts fair “all rolled into one fun First Sunday Fall Arts Festival.” The event is free, and so is parking. Over 100 local and regional artists, crafters and vendors will be in attendance.

Lakefront Summer Festival
Columbia Town Center Lakefront
Off Little Patuxent Parkway/At Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-3127

Date: Sept. 6, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Columbia Association, the Lakefront Summer Festival is held on the lawn at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront. One Sunday, Sept. 6, rock and soul band Little Sammy and Soulification will perform at 3 p.m. During the months of June, July and August, Sunday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., but in September the concerts commence at 3 p.m. Parking is free, but bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
Olde Towne Gaithersburg
Office of City Manager
31 S. Summit Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 258-6350

Date: Sept. 7, 2015, 1 p.m.

Now in its 77th year, the Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade is a rain or shine event. The Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. and includes ethnic dance groups, antique cars, fire trucks, clowns, high school marching bands, equestrian unties, community groups and more. Free parking is available in the Olde Towne Gaithersburg garage, which is located at the corner of Olde Towne and Summit Avenues. For those not wanting to deal with parking near the parade route, alternative parking is available at Lakeforest Shopping Center with shuttle bus service available from the Lakeforest Shopping Center Transit Station to Gaithersburg Elementary School.

Skipjack Race & Festival
Deal Island Harbor
Chance Lions Club
P.O. Box 158
Deal Island, MD 21821
(410) 784-2785

Date: Sept. 5 – 7, 2015

Sponsored by the Deal Island-Chance Lions Club, the Skipjack Race & Festival, an annual event, takes place on Deal Island. Though visitors must pay to be transported by passenger boat from Smith Island for the Skipjack Race & Festival, the events during the Skipjack Race & Festival are mostly free. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the free Islandfest Concert will start at 4 p.m. Kicking off the Skipjack Race & Festival events, the Islandfest Concert features The Island Boys, the Sons of Thunder, and Reunion Quartet. Bring your own lawn chair and money to the concert, as food vendors will be available. On Sunday and Monday, Sept. 6 and 7, visitors can enjoy and all-day experience including music, arts and crafts, Easter Shore and other comfort foods, a silent auction, free temporary tattoos, and so much more.

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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writesit depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she candinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, travelingyou name it she wants to do it.