Summer’s Last Stand: Labor Day Weekend Events

September 2, 2016  |  Permalink

Labor Day is truly a holiday for the people. While it had a violent and turbulent start, Labor Day recognizes the importance of workers to the life and vitality of our country.

In addition to providing a respite from work, it has come to signify the end of summer. Pools will close, football will return, and Halloween decorations will take over prominent displays in shopping stores after Labor Day. This long weekend is the final stand against the quickly approaching winter.  So let’s not miss the opportunity to bask in the last great days of summer! Here are some awesome activities to help you get outdoors and celebrate:

Water Balloon Fight – Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park (Sunday - 4 PM)

First up on the list of weekend festivities is a classic summer water-balloon fight. Leave it all on the line as you battle it out with latex and water.  Meet the rangers at the ballfield on Sunday at 4 PM to take part. We’ll provide the balloons and water. You bring the competitive spirit and clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

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Campsite Lighting Contest – Standing Stone State Park (Saturday - Sunset)

This is a competition designed for  the Pinterest crowd. The 16th Annual Camper’s Night Light Contest at Standing Stone State Park challenges contestants to decorate their campsite using their most creative lighting ideas. It’s time to unravel the café strands, light up the Coleman lanterns and create the best, brightest, and most illuminating (pun intended) display in the park. The grand prizewinner will receive a coupon for seven (7) FREE NIGHTS of camping at Standing Stone State Park (and a trophy). Camping fee and registration is required.

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Hummingbird Banding – Seven Islands State Birding Park (Sunday - 7:30 AM)

Seven Islands State Birding Park is one of the most interesting places you will ever visit. The habitat of the park attracts a wide variety of birds on their migratory journeys. During this time of year, hummingbirds are very active in the park. Some are breeding, some are molting feathers, and all are preparing to migrate for the winter. To help us track where they go, we will catch some of them and apply a small metal band to their legs. If you would like to experience the banding process, join us on Sunday morning. There is a cost of $8, and registration is required since we can only allow 15 people to participate.

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Angry Birds Movie – Panther Creek State Park (Saturday - 8 PM)

If you don’t want to band birds, maybe you would like to watch a movie about birds. Join staff at Panther Creek State Park for a nighttime screening of the animated Angry Birds Movie. This family movie night is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and a few laughs. Bring something comfy to sit on and a snack to enjoy this film on Saturday night at 8 PM.

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Sunset Cruise – Edgar Evins State Park (Multiple Days)

If you have not experienced a sunset at Edgar Evins State Park, you should definitely add this to your weekend adventure. The park is offering several pontoon cruises to help you enjoy the last weekend of summer from Center Hill Lake. The cruises are at 5:30 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Each cruise is limited to 12 people, and there is a $5 fee.

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