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Best WA State Labor Day Traditions

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credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

It’s a day set aside to celebrate the American worker, and Washington State has plenty of picnics, carnivals and parades to help you celebrate a job well done.

Labor Day Picnic – sponsored by the M.L. King, Jr. County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Monday, September 5
Lower Woodland Park
5201 Green Lake Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

This year’s annual picnic features live music from Bobby Medina and the Red Hot Band. Lots of food like hot dogs, soda, ice cream, and kettle corn will be served. There’s clowns, games, face painting, and raffle prizes for young and young at heart. And it’s all free! Make plans to attend and bring the family.

Prosser States Day Parade and Celebration 
Monday, September 5
Prosser City Park
7th Street & Sommers Avenue
Prosser, WA 99350
http://www.prosserchamber.org

In Washington wine country, the city of Prosser is hosting it’s 86th annual States Day Celebration and Parade. Held on Labor Day each September, States Day dates back to a time when farmers would put down the plow and head into town for an old fashioned family picnic. Games were played, a dance was held, and over the years new events were added to the day. This year, Prosser will start off the day with their Grand Parade at 10:00am, followed by a carnival filled with rides and a midway, live entertainment and lots of delicious fair food options, including fresh corn on the cob.

One tradition that has stood the test of time is the registering of residents by the state they hailed from. Townspeople would sign up and wear a paper badge proudly displaying their home state and thus the name “States Day” was adopted as the official community celebration. That tradition continues today.

Ocean Shores’ “Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic”
Saturday, September 3
North Bay Park
Albatross St NE
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
http://www.oceanshoresact.com

The city park on Duck Lake in beautiful Ocean Shores is the spot for the annual Labor Day picnic. Bring a blanket and your basket, or purchase food from the many vendors at the park. Old fashioned games like tug of war, sack races and water balloon tosses will keep the kids and grown-ups busy. Face painting, bouncy houses, and live entertainment make this event a great one to celebrate a long weekend.

Labor Day Picnic – Sponsored by the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council
Monday, September 5
Skagit River Park
Horseshoe Pit Kitchen Shelter
1100 South Skagit Street
Burlington, WA 98233
http://www.bac1wa.com

Union members, labor movement activists, family, and friends are invited to join in for a day of solidarity. NWWCLC is providing the hamburgers, hotdogs, and music. You bring a side dish and a contribution for the NWWCLC. There will be music, games, and more.

Labor Day Picnic – sponsored by the Thurston Lewis Mason Central Labor Council
Monday, September 5
Stan Hedwall Park
1501 Rice Road
Chehalis, WA 98532
http://www.lni.wa.gov

It is a good old fashioned Labor day picnic. Food and games for the kids will be provided. This is a free event.

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