How will you celebrate Labor Day this year? In 1882, the first Labor Day celebration in New York City included a parade followed by an “abundance of cigars” and “lager beer kegs mounted in every conceivable place,” according to the New York Tribune. Labor Day became a national holiday in 1909 and is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. Because of our toasty September temperatures, we couldn’t find any East Valley parades followed by cigars and beer, but here are several great Labor Day options that fit our southwestern celebratory style. Live Music at Queen Creek Olive MillQueen Creek Olive Mill Queen Creek Olive Mill, a family-owned olive farm and mill, invites visitors to celebrate Labor Day weekend with “Olive Us” by enjoying live music from 6-9 p.m. and Happy Hour drink specials from 5-7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Learn where your olive oil comes from—this family-owned farm produces Arizona’s only extra virgin olive oil. When: Friday and Saturday evenings. 6-9 p.m. Location: 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek Movie Night at Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa Usery Mountain Park kicks off Labor Day weekend fun with a film that showcases the living desert. It’s not specifically a Labor Day event, but you can point out to kids that animals work hard just to stay alive. You will see desert animals do things you never thought possible – like scorpions dancing! As a bonus, watch them feed their snakes after the movie. When: Friday, Sept. 1, 7- 8:30 p.m. Location: Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa, in the Nature Center Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company in Gilbert Labor AZ Brewing Ok, this fits the beer requirement: Arizona Brewing Company, which stakes claim as Gilbert’s first brewery, has a passion for serving up their handcrafted artisanal ales. They produced 105 beers last year alone and continue to showcase new seasonal/specialty brews. It was ranked number one of the ten best new breweries in the world. The food menu is fantastic as well and the brewery has earned a solid reputation since it opened about four years ago. Must be a labor of love! When: All weekend Location: 721 N. Arizona Ave. #103, Gilbert Top Golf in Gilbert Labor Day Top Golf With a motto like “Work Hard, Play Harder,” Top Golf is a solid choice when it comes to Labor Day activities. Don’t worry, no golf experience is required, all you have to do is swing a club and hit your microchipped ball into a dartboard target. Plus, the food is delicious and the bays are climate-controlled with misters. When: All weekend Location: 1689 S. SanTan Village Pkwy, Gilbert San Tan Flat in Queen Creek Labor San Tan Billed as “All the fun of camping…without having to sleep on the ground,” this venue has live music and cookouts in an outdoor seating area all three nights of Labor Day weekend. It’s got an old-time feel so you can imagine how your ancestors lived and worked as you sit around the campfire. It’s a great place to take out of town visitors and the kids can run around outside. When: All weekend Location: 6185 W. Hunt Highway, Queen Creek For more East Valley living tips and insight, visit