First observed in the late 1800s and set for Monday, September 4, in 2023, Labor Day is held annually to celebrate the many contributions of the American worker to our nation’s achievements and success. And as the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day weekend is always a great time for families with school-age kids to get in one last beach trip before the new school year kicks into high gear.
Of course, as one of the East Coast’s premier destinations for families seeking sun, fun and coastal attractions, Myrtle Beach is the perfect spot for sending off summer with your beach-loving vacation crew. And in addition to its many year-round attractions, the events calendar for Labor Day weekend is loaded with fun offerings this year.
Ready to explore your Labor Day weekend options in the Myrtle Beach area? Consider these highlights from the area events calendar:
Fans of gospel music can get the holiday weekend started on a high note with two days of powerful and spiritual live performances at the Waves of Praise Gospel Fest. The free-of-charge event will be held on the Myrtle Beach waterfront at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place on Friday, September 1, and Saturday, September 2.
To really light the fuse on the holiday weekend, two of the area’s shopping/dining/entertainment hot spots will present free fireworks shows in the days leading up to Labor Day. North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing will bring the booms on Saturday, September 2, while Myrtle Beach’s Broadway at the Beach will light up the skies over Lake Broadway on Sunday, September 3.
As part of a summer-long concert series, Surfside Beach will present Music in the Park on Sunday, September 3, at Memorial Park on Surfside Drive. So bring your blanket or lawn chair, and get ready to enjoy some live music in a serene outdoor setting!
Lovers of the arts, music and food are in for a Labor Day Eve treat at Downtown Pawleys Live 2023. Scheduled for Sunday, September 3, behind the Island Shops in Pawleys Island, this end-of-summer celebration serves up fun in the sun with live music from regional acts, local artists displaying and selling their works, and plenty of vendors selling food, beer and wine.
Those who enjoy taking in the local landscape with a run will have plenty of breathtaking scenery to admire during the Brookgreen Gardens Labor Day 5K. Set for Sunday, September 3, at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, this race boasts a course that winds through the sculpture gardens and wildlife preserve on the attraction’s 9,100-acre property. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Offering free live music with a view, the Summer Concert Series at the Landing at the Boathouse will present its final show of the season on the Waterway Stage on Sunday, September 3 — making for a great way to observe Labor Day Eve in “the best backyard in town,” with the Intracoastal Waterway as the backdrop!
Getting revved up on Labor Day this year, Myrtle Beach Mustang Week is the world’s biggest celebration of the Ford Mustang. The weeklong event will be held at Myrtle Beach Mall from September 4 through September 9 this year, and among its events and attractions, it sees hundreds of classic American muscle cars from all over the nation put on display, all free of charge for spectators. The festivities get rolling with a kickoff party held on Labor Day at Twin Peaks restaurant starting at 4 p.m.
These are just a few of the highlights from a long list of events on tap for Labor Day weekend in the Myrtle Beach area. Book your holiday-weekend getaway on the Grand Strand today and you’re sure to find the perfect accommodation to celebrate in style!