It's only one day a year, but darn it, you've earned it... So while you could just lounge around the house for Labor Day, why not get out and make the most of it? There are a number of annual Oklahoma City events that fall during Labor Day weekend, as well as several popular things to do for the holiday. It's the unofficial end of the summer, and here are ways you can enjoy Labor Day in Oklahoma City.
There aren't many operational pools left in Oklahoma City, and those tend to close in late July. However, the aquatic centers are open through Labor Day, making the holiday your last chance to enjoy the water fun. The same is true of the city-operated spraygrounds, which typically shut down for the season at 8 p.m. on Labor Day.
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Whether it's the swimming beaches of Arcadia, the trails around Overholser, fishing piers of Draper or the sailing on Hefner, Labor Day is the perfect time, and perhaps one of the final times of the season, to get out and enjoy the lakes. In Oklahoma City, you have several options, each sure to be bustling on Labor Day.
In mid-August, Oklahoma City's water park White Water Bay usually goes to a weekday only schedule. Labor Day is the lone exception. It's generally a big send-off to the season for many, as White Water closes in early September. In addition, Frontier City reduces its hours around Labor Day and the water attraction at Andy Alligator's in Norman closes soon after the holiday.
Yes, you probably have a giant flatscreen television and a comfortable recliner, but that can't take the place of the gameday atmosphere. And Labor Day weekend brings college football back to the metro. Though it's not the case in 2012 unfortunately, the city of Norman, just south of OKC, is generally crazy with an OU kickoff that weekend. Or, consider taking the drive up I-35 to Stillwater for an OSU game.
Speaking of sports, Labor Day is sort of the transition time from baseball to football. It is often the final opportunity to see the Oklahoma City RedHawks play for the year, and if you're lucky, as you will be in 2012, the team is at the beautiful Bricktown Ballpark for the holiday weekend.
Last but not least, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention shopping, as Labor Day weekend tends to be one of the bigger shopping days of the year. Bargain-hunters should find plenty of sales and events throughout the city. For just one example, the Outlet Mall west of town has a sidewalk event, and you're sure to get great deals at the local shops as well.