As reported in the News Advance, hundreds of Centra Health employees learned on Aug. 28 that their jobs will be eliminated or their hours cut back the first week in September.
Many of these families will spend the holiday weekend making a plan for an uncertain future. For a lot of families, the Virginia Tourism website offers many ways to celebrate the Labor Day weekend.
Before making plans, decide whether you want to spend the weekend working, playing or relaxing. Do you plan to entertain, educate or gather together with family and friends?
Will you enjoy the great outdoors or make indoor plans? Will you stay close to home or hit the road? Will your Labor Day plans bid farewell to summer or hello to autumn?
Here are 10 Labor Day weekend plans to consider for your family's long holiday weekend. Sit down as a family and make a plan because the weekend's almost here.
Head to the beach. Many families say good-bye to summer by spending Labor Day weekend at Virginia Beach. The Verizon Wireless American Music Festival will entertain people of all ages with oceanfront concerts, food and fun.
Smith Mountain Lake is a popular destination for many local families. Some families own a second home at the lake while others head to the beach at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
Enjoy a county fair. The Great Shenandoah County Fair celebrates its 96th year with activities and rides for the whole family. There are also county fairs taking place in Lee County, Highland County and Chesterfield County.
Many Virginia State Parks will offer special activities over the Labor Day weekend. Check their website for complete information about weekend events at your favorite park.
Enjoy a Labor Day Parade. Roanoke's Labor Day parade will be held in downtown Roanoke starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday with family activities after the parade. In Buena Vista, Labor Day festivities at Glen Maury Park include a 5K, parade at 9:30 and political speeches starting at 11 a.m.
Kick off fall and bid farewell to summer at an outdoor festival. The Labor Day Spectacular at Wintergreen Resort includes an arts and craft show, live music and more. The Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival in Madison offers old-fashioned family fun for all ages.
Some families will head to Kings Dominion for the Bachata music festival on Sept. 1 for a day filled with live music and rides. Others will be entertained at Busch Gardens or Water Country, USA.
A family cookout at home, block party or picnic at the Peaks of Otter is how many families will spend Labor Day. Gathering with family and friends is always a great way to spend time together.
Enjoy a historic weekend by visiting the Lynchburg Museum, Poplar Forest, the National D-Day Memorial or the Museum of the Confederacy. Hit the road to Williamsburg, Jamestown or Washington, D.C. if you want to get away.
Spend some time in the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, cycling, running, ziplining or floating on the river are all great ways to enjoy an action-filled outdoor weekend.
Maybe one of these 10 plans will make it to your family's weekend calendar. There's one more possibility to consider. Doing nothing at all is one way to celebrate what Labor Day is all about, a holiday for the average working person.
Wherever your Labor Day weekend plans take you, be careful on the road. Holiday traffic will be heavy and there's construction around town and across the state.