Those all sound like great ways to spend the day off. Labor Day means many things to many people -- the end of summer, the start of the school year, time to put the seersucker away for a few months. But let's also take a moment to remember what Labor Day was intended to be -- a day to celebrate the contributions that working men and women have made to the strength and prosperity of the country. Unlike many holidays which recognize a particular person, battle, or event in history, Labor Day is something we all can celebrate because it is something we have all contributed to.
Nothing wrong with celebrating with cookouts, hikes, football, and family, just make sure to mix in a little history and recognition as well. Check out http://www.dol.gov/laborday for more.