By Evan Henerson

Music, the fighting Phills, and a blowout of a parade…it’s all on the menu for Labor Day in the great city of Philadelphia.

The City of Brotherly Love shows its colors when it comes to organized labor. Representatives from more than 70 unions will participate in the 29th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration which draws droves of revelers from Philly, New Jersey and Delaware. With this parade coming on the heels of a critical election in November, the parade will likely include appearances from local and national dignitaries.

“Our first goal is to make sure everybody can get in the parade, and our second goal is to have people come down and see our colors and see how enthusiastic everybody is to be here,” said Patrick Eiding, President of the Philadelphia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO which oversees more than 100 locals. “There will always be a theme around the parade,  and now more and more as labor gets involved in the community, one of our things is community engagement to get  more people interested in what’s happening around the labor movement. It’s always a great day.”

Here are a handful of suggestions for spending a “phantastic” Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia.

Made in America Concert, Sept. 3-4
Sponsored by Budweiser, the union-made King of Beers and curated by rap mogul Jay Z, the two day event along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway features dozens of performers, including Rihanna, Coldplay, Grimes, and Jamie xx on multiple stages. Now in its 5th year, this one’s typically a hot ticket.

When: Things kick off Saturday at noon.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Tickets: $99 and up.
More info here

Parks on Tap at FDR Park, Sept. 2-5 
Over Labor Day weekend, the traveling beer garden moves to FDR Park -- which is staffed by union workers - where it will feature extended hours, live music and even a free yoga class at noon Saturday. Enjoy an array of draft beers and food options.

When: Sept. 2-4, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 5 noon-10 p.m.
Where: in South Philadelphia near the Delaware River and the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
More info here

29th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration, Sept. 5
A great day of festivities for working families kicks off at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Hall, followed by the parade up Columbus Boulevard and concluding with a barbecue with fun, games, crafts and live music at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. Mayor James Kenney will be present along with plenty of city and national labor dignitaries will be in attendance.

When: Monday, Sept. 5  pre-parade festivities begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Sheet Metal Local 19 Union Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd.
10 a.m.: Parade begins
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Food and activities at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza (Columbus at Market).
More info here.

Phillies vs. Braves, Sept. 2-4
Catch the Phils as they battle their National Eastern Division rivals, the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park which is staffed by IATSE and UNITE HERE.
Info and tickets here.

Visit the Philadelphia Zoo 
Like so much else about Philadelphia, the city's zoo is historic. In fact, it was America’s first zoo having opened in 1874. Staffed by workers from AFSCME, the zoo recently celebrated the birth of a baby western lowland gorilla.

Where: Corner of 34th Street and Girard Avenue in Fairmount Park.
Tickets: $19-$23.
More info here



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