FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The beaches are beckoning as the forecast for Labor Day — which is a day off from work for most people — calls for bright sun and clear skies.
Where will you spend Labor Day?
At the beach
At a parade
Outside, but not at the beach
At the movies
It's not a holiday for me: I'm working
Fairfield County unofficially bids farewell to summer on Monday, Sept. 7, as the nation enjoys a three-day holiday weekend in celebration of Labor Day. And Fairfield County has been enjoying a long weekend of perfect end-of-summer weather.
As the temperature soars into the upper 80s again on Monday, a perfect and popular place to spend Labor Day is at the beach.
Choices along Long Island Sound range from Tod's Point in Greenwich to Pleasure Beach and Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Sherwood Island State Park in Westport attracts fans from across the tri-state area.
Or you can dip your toe in the water at Cove Island or Cummings Park in Stamford; Jennings and Penfield in Fairfield; Compo in Westport; Calf Pasture in Norwalk; and Pear Tree Point and Weed in Darien, among others.
For fans of freshwater swimming, Danbury offers beach access at Candlewood Lake, and Squantz Pond State Park often fills up on weekends and holidays.
Looking for something else to do? Nearby Newtown hosts the only Labor Day Parade in the area.
And the town does it in style with a giant event that steps off at 10 a.m. Monday from the intersection of Schoolhouse Hill Road and Main Street in Newtown.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will march along with other politicians, including U.S. Reps. Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty.
A host of other community groups will also join in the end-of-summer parade.
No matter where you are headed, be prepared for the heat. A high pressure system will remain atop the region for Monday. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s under clear skies for the remainder of the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The unseasonably warm weather will continue, but the humidity will begin to climb later on Labor Day.
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