The Last Hurrah of Summer and How to Honor Labor Day in Muskegon County
For many, Labor Day weekend heralds the “end of summer”. Thank goodness for the longer weekend. We can try to squeeze in all the places we wanted to go and things we wanted to see. Where better to check off that list than here in Muskegon County? We are home to 26 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, 23 inland lakes, 400 miles of river, and over 60 miles of natural and paved trails. If you had outdoor adventures or cultural experiences on your list…we got you covered. And, if you are looking a way to honor the contributions and achievements of West Michigan workers? We have a couple great suggestions!
Labor Day Downtown Walking Tour
Stroll through beautiful Downtown Muskegon to view 3 murals that honor the city’s industrial labor force and heritage:
- “Muskegon Springs Ahead” – Honoring Muskegon’s spring industry. Located on the side of the Delta by Marriott Downtown Muskegon along West Western Avenue. Artists: Sherri Balaskovitz, Ele Goudreau and Alex Conrad.
- “Muskegon Proud” – Honoring Muskegon’s foundry industry. Located in the beer garden at Unruly Brewing. Artists: Jay Allen, Nancy Bennett, and Robert Valadez.
- “Muskegon Soars” – Honoring Muskegon County’s leadership in technology for the aerospace industry. Located northeast wall of Rootdown Yoga and Juices and Boar’s Belly; at Western Avenue and Second Street. Artists: Jay Allen, Nancy Bennett, and Robert Valadez.
Visit the Muskegon Heritage Museum
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is a non-profit museum located at 561 West Western Ave in downtown Muskegon. The collection includes interesting exhibits, artifacts and photos that tell the history of Muskegon’s industries and businesses. You will awe at the full size, working Corliss steam engine and working line shaft, the Brunswick working pinsetter, and Spring Winding Machine. There are over 80 Muskegon companies represented in the exhibits…including the Snurfer; the original snowboard. Did you know that was invented in Muskegon? And, Raggedy Ann! Did you know she was first manufactured here in Muskegon?
More Things to Do Before Summer Ends
Make a Splash at Michigan’s Adventure
Nothing beats family togetherness and nothing says “summer” more than a ride down a giant water slide. Labor Day weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are the final days of the 2020 season. Due to COVID safety restrictions, Michigan’s Adventure is operating on a limited capacity. Pre-purchase of waterpark tickets is required at www.miadventure.com
Drive In and Drive Inn
Have a delicious burger, or hot dog, and a frosty root beer delivered to your car window at one of our TWO Dog ‘n Suds Drive In Restaurants (one in Montague and one in Norton Shores). Then drive on over to one of the remaining Michigan Drive Inn Theaters. Getty Drive Inn offers a double feature at dusk on four outdoor movie screens. Every family should experience this summer tradition.
Get a Taste of the Muskegon Polish Festival
Muskegon Polish Festival is excited to announce a Drive-Thru Festival Dinner on Friday, September 4th, from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Polish Falcons Club (1014 W. Hackley Avenue, Muskegon MI)
Dinner options prepared by The Polish Girl Catering include a Polish Dinner or Busia’s Chicken Dinner and Dill Pickle Soup. As you make your way through the parking lot (remaining in your vehicle), you’ll enjoy the music from the Duane Malinowski Polka Band! Paczki and Kolaczki are also available for sale!
Tour Our Maritime Museums
The USS Silversides is a historic Gato class (built for the US Navy launched between 1941–1943) submarine. During her service, she received 12 battle stars and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. She is credited with sinking 23 ships – the third-most of any allied World War II submarine! In her retirement, the Silversides is at home in Muskegon, where she is part of the USS Silverside Museum. Docked in the Muskegon channel, she floats behind the US Coast Guard Cutter McLane, also available to tour. A two story museum center, filled with historic naval and interactive exhibits, completes the setting.
The USS LST 393 is an LST-1-class tank landing ship originally launched in 1942. She is one of only two LSTs to survive in their original configuration. During her service she won battle stars for the Sicilian occupation, Salerno landings, and the Invasion of Normandy. The LST 393 made 75 voyages to foreign shores and was one of the only LSTs to be equipped with an airplane. Fully and lovingly restored in the 2000’s by committed veterans, their families and supporters, she is now a veteran’s museum boasting thousands of artifacts.
For more information and to find even MORE events, go to visitmuskegon.org
Without labor nothing prospers.