Although intended to be a day of remembering the American labor movement and contributions workers have made to the country, more people celebrate Labor Day as the last weekend of summer. And whether you live here or plan on visiting, there’s no better place to send summer off in style than Virginia Beach.
From musical entertainment to physically laboring and leisurely beach fun, here are three fun ways to enjoy Labor Day weekend in Virginia Beach this year.
Attend the American Music Festival.
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This annual festival brings together local and national talent, as well as the sounds of rock, country, R&B, jazz, pop and more to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. One of the biggest annual music festivals on the East Coast, the American Music Festival has engaging, toe-tapping sounds from every genre that will have you dancing and singing along to.
This year, the festival is being held September 1-3, at various stages along the city’s oceanfront and boardwalk, and so far, the one announced headliner is the band 311.
Participate in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon.
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What better way to end summer and kick off fall than with some fun physical activity in the sun? That’s exactly what the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon is. But the half marathon isn’t the only rocking race. They also put on a 5K and 1-mile race.
At this year’s event in Virginia Beach, the 1-mile race—dubbed Saturday’s Mile on the Sand—will take place on September 2, have you running with a gorgeous scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean and you’re even given a free beer at the end for your efforts. The 5K is on Sunday, September 3, and there will be music and entertainment along the course. The half marathon will also take place on September 3, and will have live bands along the course along with oceanfront views.
Get in one last beach trip of the summer.
Like most East Coast beaches, Labor Day weekend in Virginia Beach has ideal weather, with lots of sunshine and temperatures between the low 80s and upper 70s, as well as water temperatures in the mid 70s. Could you ask for more perfect temperatures?
Take yourself or your Labor Day weekend crew to Sandbridge Beach or Chesapeake Bay Beach for a more peaceful, secluded beach experience, or head down to the Resort Beaches area to sunbathe, play sand volleyball and stroll the three-mile oceanfront boardwalk with all the other Virginia Beach vacationers.
While you’re on your Labor Day getaway, make sure you choose a place to stay that’s comfortable, affordable and near all the weekend action. The Holiday Inn Express is all of that, plus has amazing oceanfront views.