Labor Day is a federal holiday to honor the advancements and accomplishments that have come about thanks to the U.S. labor movement. It also signifies the end of summer – public school students in Alexandria begin the school year the day after Labor Day. Even though the season is coming to an end, there’s still plenty of fun shows, festivals and events to partake in, whether you prefer books, beer, or music.
17th Library of Congress National Book Festival
If you’re a bookworm, make sure to mark down September 2 in your calendar; the 17th annual National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress will take over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on this day. Beginning at 9:30 AM (doors open at 8:30) over 100 different authors, poets, and illustrators will give presentations about various genres of literature and other related themes. The offerings include panel discussions, family-friendly activities like trivia sessions, interactive maze illustrations, a hunt for Waldo, and more. Some of the biggest names attending this year’s festival include J.D. Vance, author of the popular memoir Hillbilly Elegy, Michael Lewis, who wrote The Big Short, and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. A full schedule of events and appearances is available on the festival’s website.
National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2017
For a musical Labor Day celebration, head to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 3 to enjoy the NSO’s 2017 concert. This year, guitarist and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan sits in with the orchestra, led by conductor John Morris Russell. At this free concert the NSO will be playing hits penned by O’Donovan like “Red & White & Blue & Gold,” and “Magic Hour,” plus other traditional tunes by artists like Bob Dylan. The concert will last 90 minutes and begin at 8 PM. The gates open at 3 PM and there will be an open rehearsal at 3:30.
Alexandria Seaport Cruise
With summer coming to a close, it’s important to enjoy the outdoors while you still can. The Potomac Riverboat company offers exciting 40-minute cruises that will take you past historic landmarks of Old Town, Reagan Airport, the National Harbor, and more. Cruises leave from the Alexandria City Marina, located behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town. More information is available on Potomac Riverboat’s website.
Where to stay in Alexandria for Labor Day 2017?
Even if you’ve already got an idea of how you want to celebrate Labor Day in D.C. or Alexandria, it’s important that you arrange for proper accommodations. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the metro to get around, free WiFi in every room to keep you connected, and competitive rates on each night of your stay. Come see why so many travelers in the Alexandria region have chosen us to make their long weekends less stressful in the D.C. region.