Labor Day is celebrated on the first day of September every year (in 2014, that’s a Monday), with street parades and festivals honoring workers and their families, and civic pride in general.
While no events are noted on the Cherry Hill Township website (its Events calendar being a blank between August 28th and September 2nd), there’s plenty going on in the area. Here’s a list of five very different happenings to attend.
The 43rd Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival begins on Friday, August 29th at 8:00 AM, running through to Sunday evening. Hosted by the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, New Jersey, event organizers describe their baby as “the premier Labor Day bluegrass music festival in the United States since 1972.”
The lineup always features the finest nationally- and regionally-known performers and bands, this year including Suzy Bogguss, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage. Call (302) 321-6466 for performance times.
Taking place on Saturday, August 30th, and running through to Labor Day (each of the three days start at 12:00 noon), this traditional outing celebrates the end of summer as much as Labor Day itself. It all takes place in Franklin Square, the hub of historic downtown, featuring various catering franchises, carnival games (each $.25 per play), the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 for adults to ride; $4 for children), Philly Mini Golf, the Parx Liberty Carousel and much more besides.
There’s no admission fee, and attractions are suitable for all ages. Call (215) 629-4026 for details.
This one, hosted by Monmouth Park Racetrack, is strictly for the adults. Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend, with both sessions opening at 11:30 AM, the usual full card of racing is enhanced by craft brewers and barbecue prepared on site. Call the venue at (732) 222-5100.
Close out Saturday at Moshulu Restaurant and Bar, by attending its “All Black Affair” Labor Day bash, alternately called “Made in America.” Doors open at 10 PM, and mixed drinks are served at $5 each until 11:00 PM. A mysterious, guest celebrity DJ has been booked.
Moshulu is a permanently anchored, three-story boat berthed at Penns Landing, 401 South Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, overlooking the scenic Delaware River with views of Ben Franklin Bridge. Expect the predicted amazing weather to breathe a vacation-like atmosphere into festivities; the venue includes outdoor decks. The organizers ask attendees to wear their “utmost sexy and swag,” primarily black with just a touch or color. Call (215) 758-1675.
With plenty of time to recover from the Moshulu event, your next appointment is at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA, for their gigantic fireworks display. Scheduled to start around 8:30 PM, this Sunday show is primarily one for the kids; the choreographed detonations are set to Sesame Street music.
Characters including Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Count von Count and Elmo will mingle with the crowd beneath colorful bursts that paint the sky red (and every other color, too). All the regular Sesame Place Park evening attractions will also be in full swing, and the families-first atmosphere is guaranteed by operators SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. The number is (215) 752-7070.
Traveling between all these destinations will require reliable transportation, and in west-central Jersey that means Cherry Hill Nissan. Located on State Route 38 in Cherry Hill, just minutes from US-295, General Manager Bob Miller and his staff can serve all your new Nissan and used vehicle needs.