Labor Day is not just a day off from school and work but a time to celebrate and relax, as it is a day of dedication to American workers. One way to productively spend a day meant to celebrate hard work is by saving money and attending free events or offerings in South Florida. Whether it’s an honoring service, viewing local art or bird watching, these events are suitable for any age to enjoy this Labor Day.


Annual Labor Day Service
Islamorada Hurricane Monument
Mile Marker 81.5 (located between the old State Road 4A highway and the present U.S. 1, across from the library)
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 393-0940

Date: Sept. 7, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Join the Matecumbe Historical Trust’s annual Labor Day service at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument to honor those who lost their lives in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. This service is a way to pay tribute to the over 500 men, women and children lost that day, including several World War I veterans. This event includes a short service, presentation of colors, history of the monument and placing of the wreath, which is sponsored by Centennial Bank. Originally dedicated on Nov. 14, 1937 as The Florida Keys Memorial, it was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1995 by the U.S. Department of Interior.

9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition: “Dog Days Of Summer”
Sugar Sand Park Community Center
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Rotan, FL 33486
(561) 347-3900

Date: Sept. 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sugar Sand Park’s 9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition portrays local emerging and professional artists. The theme for this year’s exhibit is “The Dog Days of Summer.” The art includes various mediums, including: paintings, mixed media, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and glass sculpture. In addition to the Art Exhibit at the Community Center, Sugar Sand Park also features various walking trails, a carousel for a low fee of $1, science playground and the Children’s Science Explorium (which offers free weekend science programs on Saturday and Sunday).

Labor Day Native Bird Festival
Flamingo Gardens
3750 S. Flamingo Road
Davie, FL 33330
(954) 473-2955

Date: Sept. 7, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Learn about Florida’s native birds in the Flamingo Gardens’ Native Bird Festival. The event includes a special guided tour of the aviary, Raptor demonstrations, birding classes, and numerous bird presentations throughout the facilities. There will also be booths from the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and other wildlife organizations that will give teach more on not just birds but various wildlife and habitats in Florida. Members can attend this event for free and all others get half price admission on Labor Day.

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Illustrating Words: The Wondrous Fantasy World Of Robert L. Forbes, Poet And Ronald Searle, Artist
The Society of the Four Arts
2 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-2776

Date: Sept. 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The exhibit “Illustrating Words: The Wondrous Fantasy World of Robert L. Forbes, poet and Ronald Searle, artist” will be on display in the Mary Alice Fortin Children’s Art Gallery located in the Children’s Library on the second floor of the John E. Rovensky Administration Building. It is geared towards young people but can also help adults to reach back to their childhood and use their imagination. It contains over 60 works of art that combine poetry from Robert L. Forbes and watercolors from Ronald Searle.

Cool Saturdays
Bonnet House
750 Breakers Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 563-5393

Date: Sept. 5, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cool Saturdays allow children 12 and under to explore throughout Bonnet House for free and adults get a discounted rate of $10. There is plenty of art to see in the museum and a rich history to learn about inside. In the gardens, kids will enjoy the fish sculptures and nature trails where they can search for monkeys in the trees and swans in the lakes.

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Suzy is a working mom of a spirited 8 year old daughter. She has an MA in Communication Studies and BA in Psychology and Communications. She works in marketing/public relations, is a freelance writer and is very involved in the Winston-Salem community and arts & films scene.