I have a love/hate relationship with September. While I love the cooler weather that allows me to leave the doors and windows open and enjoy walks down the street without sweating, I also know that Labor Day marks the beginning of the fall season. Autumn in New England is arguably the best time of year in the North East part of the US.
Did you know that 7 in 10 Americans plan to barbecue this Labor Day? While most die-hard New Englanders will BBQ into late October, Labor Day is usually the unofficial end of BBQ season.
NATIONALTODAY.COM conducted a Labor Day Survey of 2,000 Americans and found some interesting results!
AMERICA’S TOP 5 FAVORITE LABOR DAY ACTIVITIES
- Host/attend a barbecue (67%)
- Watch a movie at a theater or at home (36%)
- Have some quiet time (35%)
- Do an outdoor activity like hiking (27%)
- Attend a party (26%)
THE EASTERN STATES HAVE THE MOST AVID BARBECUE-GOERS
Not surprisingly, the eastern states have the highest percentage of Labor Day BBQ’s with a whopping 70% of all residents either hosting or attending a Labor Day BBQ. Only 67% of people in western states attend BBQ’s, 65% of people in the south and only 63% of people in the midwest.
66% OF AMERICANS OVER 21 PLAN TO DRINK ON LABOR DAY
Who doesn’t love a nice, cold beer with their burger? While 44% of barbecue-goers say they’ll drink domestic beers, only half as many people say they will drink an imported beer. Me? I’ll be drinking a nice glass of Dobbes Family Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir.
AMERICA’S TOP 5 FAVORITE LABOR DAY FOODS
- Burger (70%)
- Hot dog (51%)
- Barbecue chicken (40%)
- Steak (37%)
- Ribs (32%)
I’ll be serving burgers, hot dogs, AND chicken at my Labor Day BBQ! What will you be serving at yours?!