Labor Day was first made a holiday by the state of Oregon in 1887. By 1894, thirty states had recognized Labor Day, and it became a national holiday. That's a little bit of history. But the Town of Barnstable is using a lot of history to commemorate this year's Labor Day weekend, as it continues marking its 375th anniversary year, this time with a fireworks display on Saturday night. The fireworks will be launched over Lewis Bay, with the main viewing areas to be Aselton Park, Bismore Park, Veteran’s Park Beach and Kalmus Beach.
Also on Saturday, consider a walking tour of Centerville's historic Main Street, and before the fireworks enjoy the music of Groovy Afternoon at Aselton Park.
There is plenty of music to enjoy this weekend as well. The Payomet Performing Arts Center has hip-shaking gumbo of a line-up for its celebration of New Orleans music, including C.J. Chernier & the Red-Hot Louisiana Band, Lakecia Benjamin, the Stooges Brass Band, and others.
In South Yarmouth, a country music legend, Carlene Carter, performs at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. And also this weekend, there are a number of antique, artisan, and craft fairs to check out, including the Vineyard Artisan Festival, Brewster's Labor Day by the Bay Fine Art and Craft Show, and the Sandwich Artisans 2014 Fine Arts & Crafts Show.
Steve Junker and Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll discuss upcoming events every Thursday during All Things Considered. Audio of this week's conversation is posted above - give it a listen.