How to have a Fun and Safe Labor Day Weekend

Utah does not have a shortage and fun things to do during Labor Day weekend. Here are some ideas and tips on how to have a fun and safe holiday with your family and friends.

1. Swiss Days (Midway, Utah) The annual Swiss Days event takes place the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day each year and draws a huge crowd both days. Local and national vendors work tediously, crafting and creating their wares to display and sale. And volunteers spend countless hours preparing for the two full days to ensure the event is a success. Swiss Days includes a 10k race, a HUGE outdoor craft fair, a parade, live entertainment, and so much more.

2. Polynesian Days (Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah) Come prepared to enjoy a weekend of fun. Here you will get to taste famous Polynesian dishes, feel the excitement of the fire exhibition and dance competitions, participate in hula and ukulele lessons, be entertained by both local Polynesian and International dance groups (promoting inclusivity), or simply enjoy the evening concert provided by our local and our Polynesian celebrities like Josh Tatofi, Ms. B Royal (the newest addition to our entertainment!)

3. Bear Lake (Bear Lake, Utah) Go enjoy the long Labor Day weekend in Bear Lake. Fun for the whole family all weekend long!

4. Moab Music Festival 2021 (Moab, Utah) Each September, the Moab Music Festival brings an array of the world’s finest musicians to Utah for a series of traditional, chamber and jazz concerts set against the most amazing backdrop.

4. Miners Day Parade (Park City, Utah) Miners' Day in Park City offers something for everyone, young and old. Enjoy a day in the park, a curbside spot for the parade and Running of the Balls or a spot in the bleachers for the legendary Mucking and Drilling Demonstration.

5. Utah Paint Horse Club & Utah Quarter Horse Show (South Jordan, Utah)

Staying Safe

Experts from Utah State Parks and Intermountain Healthcare are urging Utahns to take precautions while driving, boating and off-roading this weekend. Dr. David Hasleton, Intermountain's senior medical director of emergency medicine and trauma operations, said hospitals "absolutely see more trauma-related incidents" over Labor Day weekend each year.

Here are some of their tips for staying safe over the holiday weekend:


Hasleton said a "majority" of injuries over the holiday weekend are typically driving-related. "There are more people out on the roads," he said. "We see some don't wear a seat belt. We see more crowded cars, more people in cars than ought to be."

Labor Day weekend typically concludes the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer," in which accident totals are elevated, according to Intermountain.

"Drivers need to make sure they are well-rested, not distracted, divide driving duties, and make sure everyone is buckled up," Hasleton said. "Lives will be saved this weekend because people wore their seat belts."

The National Safety Council estimates that 400 people will die nationally in traffic-related incidents this weekend.


Utah has experienced 12 boating-related fatalities this year, according to a release from Utah State Parks. It encourages all Utahns to wear a life jacket on the water even though, legally, only those under 13 are required to do so, according to State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg.

"We're recommending and suggesting folks to physically put that life jacket on them," Swalberg said, whether they be in a motorized boat, on a paddleboard, or in a kayak. "Nationally," the release says, "80% of people who drowned in boating accidents would have survived had they been wearing a life jacket."

Swalberg also reminds Utahns to consume alcohol responsibly and not operate a boat under the influence. "The same penalties exist for operating under the influence if you're operating a boat ... as if you were operating a vehicle on the highway."

But a big danger to boaters is one many don't consider, Hasleton said: carbon monoxide poisoning. It doesn't happen often, he said, but it's "devastating" when it does.

Intermountain recommends that boaters avoid the back of the boat while the engine is running and stay away from closed-off, poorly ventilated areas. "Especially the cabin boats and the house boats," Hasleton added.

Off-road vehicles

Medical and state parks officials recommend that all riders on off-highway vehicles wear a helmet; riders under 18 are required by law to do so. They also remind riders to fasten their seatbelts if their vehicle has one. Hasleton said children should never ride such vehicles without adult supervision.

"If some children under the age of 16 do drive them," he said, "they need to be educated, have had proper training, wear a helmet, and have significant adult supervision even with these teenagers." Riders under 16 need to be certified to operate an ATV legally.

According to Intermountain, a child's risk of being hospitalized from an off-road vehicle accident is 1,000 times greater than from riding in a car.

Sun safety

Hasleton said Utahns should avoid sun exposure during peak hours this weekend. "Usually 10 or 11 in the morning to about 3 in the afternoon," he said. Find shade and use sunscreen, he added.

"Especially for the very young and the elderly, those with significant medical issues already," Hasleton said. "And stay hydrated. Those are the big things that we see with sunburns, hydration and medical conditions that are exacerbated because of being outdoors in the heat."

Saturday's weather calls for a high of 98 degrees in Salt Lake City; high temperatures should cool by about 10 degrees on Monday.

"Intermountain dermatologists note sunscreen or sunblock isn’t just for going to the pool or hiking outdoors but anytime you’re out in the sun," the release says. "Doctors say sun damage now can lead to serious problems down the road."

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