Five Traditions and Activities to Enjoy in Billings During the Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day, designed as an annual celebration of the American labor movement, also marks the unofficial start of summer.
For many, it means a three-day weekend and a chance to get out of town. AAA Travel, in fact, estimates that as many as 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1 percent increase over 2014.
For others, it means a chance to spend time with friends and family close to home.
For those staying in -- and traveling to -- Billings for the holiday, here are some activity highlights you might enjoy, including the always-popular "Burn the Point" Parade and "Burn the Point" Classic Car Show.
For a full list of Labor Day weekend activities, visit the Billings Chamber of Commerce website.
The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the first of more than 500 cars cross North 27th Street to motor down Third Avenue North. An estimated 12,000 spectators lined the streets last year.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, thousands of car enthusiasts will file into the MetraPark Carnival Lot to gaze that the classic cars on display. Nearly 300 cars are expected to be on display. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand. For more information, call 591-3301.
The Billings Mustangs will be home at Dehler Park, 2611 Ninth Ave. N., from Thursday through Tuesday. Game times vary. For game times, ticket prices and more, visit the Billings Mustangs website.
The Billings Tennis Association (BTA) will hold its annual “Labor Day” tennis tournament. The tournament will feature adults, juniors, and parent-child matches. Proceeds from the tournament are used to provide scholarships to youth tennis players to participate in lesson programs and to support the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Departments' efforts to maintain tennis courts.
More than 70 competitors from around the state will be in town to participate in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. The tournament has divisions in each category to accommodate skill levels from intermediate to advanced levels of play. To sign up, contact Brad Knutson at 406-472-4127.
Play begins Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday with championship matches taking place on Sunday afternoon. The public is invited. There will be action on the courts starting at 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. daily.
The Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market takes place Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon in downtown Billings under Skypoint, 2815 Second Ave. N. Featured items include fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods, a variety of meats and fresh flowers.