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By the very opposite nature of its name, Labor Day should be a time to put work aside and just have a good time. The City of Angels offers that trait in spades, even on days other than this prominent and highly anticipated fall holiday. However, extra special activities are set to take place on days surrounding Labor Day as Angelenos officially kiss the summer goodbye. The following are some of the best free things to do on Labor Day weekend.
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37th Annual Los Angeles / Long Beach Habor Labor Coalition Parade And Rally
Broad and E Streets
Wilmington, CA 90744
www.facebook.com
Date: September 5, 2016

As the largest Labor Day event in the western half of the U.S., this yearly event features a rabble-rousing parade to celebrate the end of summer. This annual labor day event promises to honor every person working in the United States today with bands, floats and twirling baton experts. After the last act makes it to the finish line, a rally will be held in Banning Park recognizing all that goes into the struggle of the working class in Los Angeles, in the past as well as in the present.

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Summer Concert At The Pier
Redondo Beach Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
www.redondopiercom
Date: Sept. 5, 2015 at 4 p.m

Thanks to the Redondo Piers Association, the last free concert of the summer plays out at Redondo Beach Pier as participants say goodbye to summer in style at the edge of the Pacific just as the sun sets. The concert, featuring Chico’s Bail Bond Blues Band, takes off below Kincaids, at the Octagon where the pier meets the Boardwalk. The trio, who hail from the San Garbriel Valley, who offer up a mix of funk, soul, and classic rock and roll enhanced by the blues sounds of Chicago and Texas, are sure to make this farewell a fun one and the perfect prelude to Labor Day weekend.

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Long Beach Grecian Festival By The Sea
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
5861 E. Colorado St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 494-8929
www.lbgreekfest.com
Date: Sept. 5, – 7, 2015 at noon

Go Greek on Labor Day and learn all kinds of things about this ancient culture through cooking lessons, folk dancing, tasty desserts and more. Greek music will be played in the background and in the forefront during this fun time in Long Beach when the Assumption Church’s grounds turn into a veritable Little Athens. Church tours are also offered, during this unique festival where you’re definitely not going to go hungry, as the food on offer is filling and authentic to boot. Note: This is the 66th year of this Labor Day weekend event where admission is free, but small donations are strongly encouraged at $3 per person with kids under 12 allowed in for no donation whatsoever.

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E Hula Mau Polynesian Festival
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-3661
www.ehulamau.org
Date: Sep. 4 – 6, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Admission is free for this Hawaiian-focused cultural event held at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theatre presented by The Cherished Offspring (Na Mamo), a non-profit organization. Island cuisine is on tap in a big way as are an arts and crafts fair, authentic dance workshops and a lei contest. Definitely plan to wear your best Hawaiian attire and then head on down to Long Beach any day of the Labor Day Weekend to take part in this annual event that gives you the flavor of our 50th state without having to buy a plane ticket to do so. Aloha!

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.