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Here are the 7 best ways to celebrate Labor Day in Houston

Here are the 7 best ways to celebrate Labor Day in Houston

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Dive into a Labor Day Luau at Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown. Courtesy photo

Labor Day — it's that first Monday in September where we celebrate all the accomplishments hard-working men and women have made throughout history in building, shaping, and molding this country. And we do this by, um, not wearing white for the rest of the year. (Yeah, we don't know where that came from either.)

If you have no plans this holiday weekend and would like to kick back — or get into a little bit of trouble — here are seven Labor Day weekend events for you.

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Float your boat with the first-ever, "Labor Day Float Fiesta" in Clear Lake on Sunday and Monday. Folks are encouraged to come out with their floats in tow and dive into the lake. DJ Chocolate will be spinning, paddleboard races will get heated, and of course, there are drink specials and prizes for the wildest floats. 1-7 pm.

George Ranch Historical Park
The Labor Day Backyard Barbecue will feature traditional games and an old-fashioned 1930s barbecue. Listen to period music on a vintage radio, play games from the past, and help make ice cream the old-timey way. Chow down on some Texas grub in the yard of the 1930s George Ranch Home. 9 am.

The Ginger Man Midtown
The popular Midtown spot will throw a Labor Day party, complete with beer from Sweetwater Brewing, hot dogs from Yoyo's Hot Dog, and live music from Murder of Crows Blues Band. Things get brewing at 5 pm.

Lone Star Flight Museum
Take flight with the many activities lined up for this holiday weekend, a.k.a. the "Final Summer Adventure." Go behind the scenes as you take in aircraft tours, and get an account of the legendary Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle and his daring mission that was America’s first response to Pearl Harbor. Be sure to jump into the simulator bay. 9 am.

“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition”
This is the final weekend of a two-month run at The Corinthian. Get up close and personal with full-sized, photographed replicas of the artist’s vault frescoes. Thousands of Houstonians have packed this exhibit; don't miss it. $20; visit site for tickets and schedule through Labor Day.

Spotts Park
Barbecues are a Labor Day staple, but what if you don't eat meat? The Vegan Labor Day picnic lets you enjoy the outdoors — and some grill time — with a vegan potluck/Labor Day picnic. Work off your meal with yoga, volleyball, and other outdoor sports. 4-7 pm.

Wet'n'Wild SplashTown
Who doesn't love a luau? Make a splash on Labor Day, as Wet 'n' Wild SplashTown presents a Labor Day Luau. Look for face painting, balloon artists, and Hawaiian performers — and fire dancers (!) — performing on the Wild Wave Pool Stage. 10 am-6 pm.