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Labor Day Picnic in the Park

The Labor Day picnic is a common event to city parks across the country. eHow actually brings us a five step plan for doing so:

Step 1. Don’t stress over the preparations. Make it easy on yourself by buying pre-made food or putting together simple snacks and drinks. Since it’s Labor Day, try to honor yourself by working as little as possible.

Step 2. Choose a park that offers grills, picnic tables and outdoor fires for a chance to make your own barbecue.

Step 3. Find out if alcohol is allowed in the area. Many public parks do not allow open alcohol containers, which may influence your drink selection.

Step 4. Add some juicy watermelon to the mix. Watermelon has traditionally been a Labor Day staple. For the grownups in the group, you may look into buying watermelon-based drinks, some of which contain alcohol.

Step 5. Bring lawn games, like cricket or bocce ball, or simple activities, such as a deck of cards, so everybody can find something to do. If you don’t want to spend money on games, plan your own entertainment by resorting to the classics, like an egg on spoon race.

And the New York Times ran a story pointing to the advantages of spending the weekend unofficially ending summer in the park, saying it “can provide city habitués with nearly everything they might want for a weekend away at a fraction of the cost.”

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