Labor Day is a wonderful three-day weekend “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor website. It’s also generally considered the last hurrah of summer.
Unless you’re working.
Go for Gold
Unless you’re working, head over to Edwardsville for a pediatric cancer awareness event, which is partly responsible for gold ribbons all over social media. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Edwardsville City Park, you can enjoy food, craft beer and inflatables all while gathering information (and, perhaps, leaving donations?) to the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
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Great Godfrey Maze
Unless you’re working, Godfrey’s annual maze has opened this weekend at the Robert E. Glazebrook Park at 1401 Stamper Lane. In addition to getting lost and found, the “Wicked” theme has a cow train, hay wagon, zip line and corn crib. Tickets to the maze are $6 for ages 12 and up; $4 for ages 6 to 11 and free for the 5 and under set; some activities carry an extra cost. Bring a flashlight if you want to play after dark or buy one for $3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to dusk on Sundays; it’s also open Labor Day from 11 a.m. to dusk.
Everybody loves a parade
Unless you’re working, enjoy a parade in Belleville or Granite City at 10 a.m. Monday. Belleville’s starts at Second and Monroe streets and features earth movers and big trucks (oh, and people too — union members, bands and twirlers!), and Granite City’s starts at 20th and State Streets. Belleville follows up with food, rides and games at Hough Park from 11:30 to 3 p.m.; Granite City with a picnic for union members and their families at Wilson Park.
Millstadtians, go home
Unless you’re working, consider watching some rousing games of co-ed human foosball at the Millstadt Homecoming on Saturday. If that’s not your style, consider a “Superheroes” parade, quilt bingo, live music including Pony Up on Saturday and Old Salt Union on Sunday, and carnival rides. Food and game stands open at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Liederkranz Park in Millstadt.
Unless you’re working, take the kids to the library at 2 p.m. every Saturday in September and consider letting them loose in the Teen Room at the Six Mile Regional Library at 2001 Delmar Ave. in Granite City. There, sixth-through 12-graders can read with other kids (parents, you can stop reading now) or take on other gamers in a two-hour Nintendo Wii gaming binge.