According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day, always observed the first Monday in September (this year September 6), “Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.”

The federal holiday is observed by the closing of many businesses across the country, so for anyone who is out on that day, please remember to give an extra special thank you to those who are still working at our city’s incredible events and attractions! This includes being sure to follow all current mask and safety regulations at any particular location.

Labor Day also traditionally signifies the end of summer in the United States, but in Columbus there are plenty of events and activities to close out the summer in style! Check out our list of things to on Labor Day Weekend in Columbus.





Cultural Attractions

Zoombezi Bay 

Labor Day Weekend is your last chance to enjoy the 17 water slides or adults-only lazy river at Zoombezi Bay for the season! Park will be open 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. through Labor Day.


From pencils to pixels – explore how imagination comes to life at The Animation Academy, on exhibit at COSI through Labor Day and free with COSI admission! The exhibition highlights favorite animated characters, such as Gumby, who explains the process of creating clay puppets and shooting stop-motion animation. This one is fun for all ages.

Dawes Arboretum

Check out the 24 whimsical frog sculptures dancing, playing, gardening and more that make up Ribbit the Exhibit. This is the last weekend to check out the unique exhibit that ends Sept. 8.


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