The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated by labor unions in New York City in the 1880s with a grand parade in honor of the working class. Now most people just think of it as a day off work and a chance for a last end-of-summer family outing.
As the heat wave continues here in SoCal beach activities are definitely on the agenda this weekend. The 28th annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival kicks off tonight and goes through Monday.
Also at the beach this weekend is the Supergirl Jam which takes place Sunday in Venice. There will be live-streaming of the competition at http://thewb.com/supergirl and we’ll provide highlights of the event later.
Tennis: If you’re a tennis fan but can’t make it to Flushing Meadows this weekend, you can catch U.S. Open third and fourth round action on The Tennis Channel, ESPN, and CBS. Check the TV schedule for listings.
Golf: NBC airs the Deutsche Bank Golf Championship on Sunday and Monday.
Football: College football fans have a plethora of choices this weekend. The NCAA season kicks off the 2009 season so if you want to trade the beach for the gridiron, ESPN will present no less than 28 games on their networks.
There’s a full slate of games on Saturday so no matter where you live or who you root for you should be able to find something Must-see games include Navy at Ohio State (12:00 ESPN), Missouri vs. Illinois (3:30 ESPN), BYU vs. Oklahoma (7:00 ESPN), and Maryland at California (10:00 ESPN2). If you’re still in the mood for football on Monday check out the Miami vs. Florida State game (10:00 ESPN).
Also, my annual neighborhood block party is this Sunday evening featuring a halfpipe at the top of the cul de sac and a bicycle parade. Good times.