Labor Day Weekend 2013: How to Have Fun on a Budget

Posted on 08/27/2013

First there was Memorial Day weekend, then came the 4th of July. And now it's time for summer's last hurrah: Labor Day weekend. For most Americans it's an extra day to pack in some of the most fun festivals, foods and fun summer has to offer. If you're trying to get through those three days without harming your budget check out these ideas for having affordable fun.

Free Summer Events
Take in some of the best free events your area has to offer. Communities across the country will say goodbye to summer with free concerts and events. In the Windy City that means the Chicago Jazz Festival where performances are free and attendees are invited to pack a picnic basket.

Last Minute Travel Deals
Haven't booked a hotel or flight? You may not be out of luck entirely. Check out for last minute Labor Day weekend deals. For instance, round trip tickets from New York City to LA are about $249.

Free Transportation
Some communities are encouraging folks to go out and about on Labor Day weekend by offering free transportation. In Houston the METRO is free from August 31-September 2. Normally $1.25 per ticket, it's a great way to see the sites without paying for gas or parking.

Freebies for Kids
In the past some restaurants have offered free meals for kids on Labor Day weekend. This year will likely offer similar deals. In fact, Medieval Times is giving kids free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket on Labor Day weekend at their Myrtle Beach location.

Fun with Nature
Since the weather is still warm in most parts of the country Labor Day weekend can be a good time to have fun in the great outdoors. Go swimming in a lake, build a sand castle or take a hike. These activities won't be quite as fun when the weather turns cold so this is a great opportunity to enjoy nature like it's your job.

By Alison Storm

You can also head to Cheap Air for some great Labor Day flight deals. Use coupon code LaborDay10 to get $10 off your Labor Day flight. Offer ends 09/03/2013.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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