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Planning for Labor Day Weekend

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Imagine this scenario: as you sit among the comfort of the Alder rentals, you glance over to your calendar, noting that Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner. The prospect of a long weekend filled with excitement and fun events is thrilling, but you sit and wonder to yourself, “just what should I do to get ready?”

At this point, any number of different thoughts might begin racing through your head. Should you use the extra time to take a trip? Stay in town and enjoy any of the cool events that will likely be going on around the city? Maybe, you ponder, the long weekend would be a perfect opportunity to get some friends together and have a little soiree of your own? The choices are plentiful, as are the ways in which you should plan. We’ve rounded up some tips on how to execute your Labor Day goals flawlessly, regardless of what you decide to do with your time. Let’s get into it, shall we?

If You Want to Getaway

If you’re planning to get out of town for Labor Day Weekend, there’s an important fact you’ll need to bear in mind: a lot of people are going to be flying. How many, you might ask? According to Travel and Leisure, some 16.1 million passengers hit the skies last year in 2017, an increase from 2016’s 15.4 million passengers, and you can expect the friendly skies to get crowded this Labor Day Weekend as well.

This means any long voyage you might want to accommodate will be especially tricky. Instead of taking a plane to get to your destination, though, why not plan for something closer and drive yourself over there? You won’t have to endure the crowded airports, packed planes, or security-check nightmares that come with traveling by air.

There are plenty of places nearby that might just be perfect for a Labor Day out of town too. If you love the great outdoors you can hit the road and head up to places like Castaic Lake for the weekend. Sites like these are perfect for hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and all the other outdoor goodness you’d want to fit into a weekend getaway.

The list, of course, goes on, and there are tons of other parks in the LA area that you can escape to, like Angeles National Forest, Topanga State Park, Los Padres National Forest, and more.

If You’d Prefer To Catch an Event in Town

You’ll cut back on your traveling woes even further if you decide to stick around for any of the great events that will be going on around town. To make the most of it, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re well-prepared. You’ll want to start by identifying some events that you might think are interesting. Both TimeOut and Eventbrite can lead you in the right direction here. Narrow down three to five options you think will fit the bill, then rank them in order of how much you want to attend.

Naturally, you’ll be working hard to make sure your first pick pans out. If it’s an event you’ll need tickets for, buy those a few weeks in advance so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. Additionally, make sure your get a “lay of the land” for wherever your event is located, making note of how you are going to get there, where you are going to park (if necessary), and the best time to exit so that you can make an unhindered departure.

If your first choice doesn’t work out, then you’ll be secure with your backup options. For the most part, these should be free events that won’t take as much planning to pull off. Options like a trip to your favorite museum, a friend’s barbeque, or the free and friendly LA Fleet Week are all prime candidates for this category.

If You’re Throwing an Event Yourself

This might actually be the trickiest of Labor Day Plans. Coordinating an event can be hard enough on its own, but adding in the Labor Day complexities can make it that much more challenging.

If you and your friends are the kind that put a great deal of significance on Labor Day, for instance, you’ll want to make sure that whatever event you plan, it’s going to be patriotic and representative of the “spirit” of the holiday. This will likely entail making that patriotic musical playlist to entertain your guests, decorating with holiday-appropriate accessories, and, of course, including plenty of barbeque on the menu.

Even if you’re not the super-patriotic sort, though, you’ll still be going through the process of making a guest list, securing a venue (if you aren’t throwing your party at home), inviting your guests, planning a menu, and keeping your guests engaged during the festivities.

On that last point, you might be doing yourself a favor by dusting off all your old party games, breaking out your DJ setlists, and perhaps hiring a local musician or other performers to bring the entertainment for your Labor Day Party. If you’ve got the room for it, consider dedicating part of the space to be your dance floor, and encourage guests to strut their stuff once you (or your DJ) hops on the turntables and starts spinning records.

Regardless of your specific Labor Day preferences, though, remember to keep it fun, keep it classy, and enjoy the holiday weekend while it lasts. You only get this opportunity once a year, so make the most of it!

The Alder Rentals Will Be There for You Whether You’re Hitting the Road or Staying in Town

No matter what you end up doing for Labor Day Weekend, if you’re a resident of a phenomenal apartment community like Alder, you’ll have a place to unwind when it’s all said and done. There’s little that can compare to the amazing Los Angeles location, the fabulous resident and building amenities, or the unbelievably spacious apartments here, so if you’ve been looking for a change of pace from your typical LA experience, you’d do well to check Alder out and see what it has to offer.