Things to do in Asheville on Labor Day 2019
Labor Day in Asheville 2019
A Brief History of Labor Day
Labor Day pays tribute to hard-working Americans for their contributions and achievements throughout the year. Labor Day traditionally occurs on the first Monday of September. Labor Day 2019 occurs on Monday, September 2.
In the late 19th century, Labor Day was first observed as a federal holiday by President Grover Cleveland after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike. On June 26, 1894, the American Railroad Union called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. In the wake of this massive unrest and attempt to repair the railroad ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and other territories. However, the beginning of the movement toward Labor Day for those working in factories, mills, agriculture, and railroads really began 12 years earlier. Labor unions grew more vocal and prominent as they began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. The first Labor Day parade in United States history was on September 5, 1882, as 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City.
Nowadays, Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parties, BBQs, parades, sporting events, fireworks, and other public gatherings. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans since most schools start back at the beginning of September.
Things to do in Asheville on Labor Day
2nd Annual Downtown Asheville Labor Day Art Festival:
This Labor Day Weekend art fair features a collection of national and regional artists specializing in handmade works of art. There will be painters, potters, jewelers, glass blowers, and much more. Asheville's historic Pack Square is the picturesque venue for the Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts. The show is set up on North and South Pack Square around Vance Memorial.
Admission is free, and it will be held on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am and ending at 5 pm.
North Carolina Apple Festival:
The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It has been Western North Carolina’s premier family festival for more than 70 years. From August 30 through September 2 you can enjoy 4 days of fun at one of the most well-known street fairs in the Carolinas, with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.
Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show:
Maggie Valley’s largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures on August 31 and September 1. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance, and there will be chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food. Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps, and more will be featured at the event. From the promoter: “There really is something for everyone, from the most affordable handicrafts to the more expensive museum-quality items. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it's fun just to walk around and see the amazing variety of unique items – but rarely do you see anyone leaving without something in their hands.”
The Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Festivals is one of the longest-running and most popular events held in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
Canton Labor Day Festival:
Only 20 minutes west of Asheville, enjoy this huge celebration in Canton that has been happening every Labor Day since 1906. Sunday features music festival, art, and food, 12-9:30 PM ($10/person) at Sorrells Park, and free gospel concert at Colonial Theatre.
Monday features a big Labor Day Parade at 10 AM, plus a music festival and car show, 12 PM-9 PM (free).
Chimney Rock State Park:
Experience the best of the North Carolina mountains in one place at Chimney Rock State Park, just 25 miles from Asheville in the Village of Chimney Rock and Rutherford County. For the last 100+ years, tourists have journeyed to see this 500-million-year-old towering monolith, and the park's "one-stop shopping" for what the mountains are loved for: dramatic scenery, exhilarating hiking trails, rare plants, native wildlife and one of North Carolina's highest waterfalls (featured in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans").
French Broad Adventures (Ziplining & Rafting):
Explore the great outdoors from the treetops in a peaceful Madison County cove, just outside Asheville, North Carolina. The zipline tours at French Broad Ziplines are the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains with your friends and family. This ten-line zipline canopy tour takes you through a forest of native trees and plants and offers picturesque mountain views.
Experience the exciting adventure of whitewater rapids, and enjoy the natural beauty of Pisgah National Forest! French Broad Rafting and their team of professional and experienced river staff guarantee that you get much more out of your trip than just simply making it down the river. You will learn the names of the rapids, the history of the river, basic paddling techniques, and river safety information all while having the time of your life.
When you stay at participating vacation rentals/cabins at Carolina Mornings you receive One Free Adult Daily Pass to French Broad Ziplining and Rafting as part of our Mountain Discovery Pass!
(Storybrooke Place Pictured Above)