5 Ways to Go Local for Labor Day

Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, which many take as an opportunity to relax, recharge, or get out of town. Celebrate the spirit of the holiday by making the pledge to keep your dollars in the local economy to support local businesses and local wages! When you choose a local business over a national chain, up to 4 times more money stays in the local economy to support strong, vibrant communities across the state. Here are 5 ways to go local for your Labor Day celebrations:

1. Make it a Staycation

Hacienda Del Sol Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Photo via Hacienda del Sol

Planning to get out of town during the long weekend? Arizona is home to many wondrous towns, monuments, and experiences stretching to every corner of this state. Check out our WeekendZona page for some unique day and weekend trip ideas to Bisbee, Tucson, Globe/Miami, Prescott, and the Verde Valley. You can also visit our online directory for a list of local B&Bs, hotels, and travel destinations.

2. Support Local Outside of Arizona

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If your Labor Day plans do take you outside of Arizona's borders, do some research and support the independent businesses where you're visiting. Seek out locally owned hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more. There may even be a Local First network to help you out!

3. Go Local at the Grill

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Hosting a celebratory BBQ for Labor Day? Head to your local farmers market or grocery store to pick up your burger ingredients!

4. Drink Local

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SanTan Brewing Company's Mr. Pineapple, Photo via SanTan Brewing Company

Picking up a beverage for the Labor Day picnic? Choose a local brew, many local breweries have great summer seasonals right now! If you're not a beer drinker, there's always Arizona wine!

5. Skip the Corporate Sale

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Labor Day weekend is a popular time for big box sales. Most of the money you spend at these stores will end up leaving Arizona. Make your money work for you by skipping the sales and visiting a local business instead!