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Find cheap fun on holiday weekend

Here are four things to do that won't break the bank

Here are four things to do that won't break the bank

August 30, 2005|by HIRA ZEB

The majority of teens look at Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, as the core reason for a short vacation from school in the form of a three-day weekend.

Labor Day is a national holiday, which dates back over 100 years. The celebration of Labor Day has certainly changed from its original concept. The day originated as a celebration and parade in honor of working people by the Knights of Labor in 1882, taking place in New York City.

Historians credit Peter McGuire, the leader of a carpenters union, with the idea of establishing a day honoring the worth and value of workers. Labor organizers chose the first Monday in September to celebrate Labor Day because it falls halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Nowadays, in addition to recognizing workers, Labor Day also marks the unofficial end of summer, and the start of a new school year. It's also a popular weekend for festivals, fairs and fine arts.

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Maryland offers a large variety of event and activities to attend and partake in during the Labor Day weekend. Local teens can seize the opportunity to kick off the weekend with an evening out with friends and family right here in downtown Hagerstown.

On Friday, Sept. 2, Public Square will be a hot spot. From noon until 8 p.m., an Open Market Shopping Festival will take place. The festival will include art, clothing, furniture, live entertainment, uptown shops and various food vendors. Destination Hagerstown, a business and community group, is sponsoring this event to bring visitors and city residents together.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, Valley Mall parking lot will have a car show, hosted by the Classic Car Group. The show takes place in the parking lot behind J.C. Penney. Admission is free; there's a $2 fee to enter your car in the show. All proceeds from the show will benefit "Dreams Come True," which works with children. For more information, please call Larry Sulser at 301-992-4596.

The Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will be open all weekend for history fans, train buffs and other visitors to enjoy. The museum has photographs and artifacts on the long history of local railroads. Historic cabooses, locomotives and other railroad cars sit on rails outside the museum.

Indoor displays include O-scale and HO-scale model trains, as well as trains for kids to operate themselves. Younger siblings might enjoy riding an indoor toy train. These unique displays will be open Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4, from 1 until 5 p.m. each day. Admission is affordable: $3.50 per adult, fifty cents for children ages 4 to 12; and free for children 3 and younger. For more information, call 301-739 4665.

If you want to get away from Washington County, consider two festivals taking place toward Washington, D.C. Greenbelt, Md., is holding an official Greenbelt Labor Day Festival from Friday through Monday, Sept. 5. This festival has a full schedule of events, including the Miss Greenbelt Pageant, a crafts fair, a carnival, talent show, art show, photo show, a parade and much more. To learn more, go to www.greenbelt.com/laborday.

A little closer to home is a festival honoring Japanese ornamental fish. The Koi Festival, at Lilypons Water Gardens, 6800 Lilypons in Buckeysville, Md., on Saturday and Sunday, will include exhibits of water gardens and champion koi, arts and crafts vendors, boat rides, food, and various children's activities. The Star Spangled Big Band will provide music. For more information, please call 1-800-999-5459.

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