Keep the Itch Out of Labor Day

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Most of us are already thinking about the fast-approaching Labor Day weekend, because for many of us it means an extra day off of work.  We know that Labor Day is a federal holiday (hence the day off) but the down side of Labor Days is that it signifies the end of the summer season (sniff, sniff).  We aren’t one to argue, but just so you know, there are technically still 2 and a half weeks of summer left to enjoy after Labor Day – and in many states, much more than that.

Anyway, what most of us don’t know is that Labor Day is actually a day to celebrate the social and economic contributions of the American worker. If you haven’t noticed, Mosquito Joe loves a reason to celebrate, especially when the celebration falls in a month where the weather is perfect for some outdoor time. So as we’re relaxing in our back yards, sharing meals or summer beverages with neighbors and friends, we will be holding a special place in our hearts for all the hard-working Americans out there. We hope you’ll be enjoying some relaxation and outdoor fun; after all, you earned it.

In the spirit of outdoor fun, we wanted to share a perfect way to bring your neighborhood together for some kid-friendly competition over the holiday weekend. Here is how to setup your very own Backyard Olympics.

What You Need:

  • Beach towels or blankets
  • Clothesline
  • Bucket
  • Cooler
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 hula hoops
  • Beach ball
  • Garden hose
  • 4 to 6 lawn chairs
  • Several tires or inner tubes
  • Sprinkler

Olympic Events:

1. Inner Tube Hop. Lay inner tubes or tires in a pattern. Larger kids can jump from one to another with one foot; smaller kids should hop with both feet.

2. Hula Hoop Runaround. Arrange 3 hula hoops on the ground to run around.

3. Beach Towel Tent. Hang several beach towels or blankets over a clothesline to make a tent to run through.

4. Ice Cube Toss. Fill a cooler with ice cubes. Place a bucket 5 to 6 feet away. Olympians toss ice cubes from the cooler to the bucket until they get five in the bucket.

5. Beach Ball Balance. Lay a garden hose on the ground in a curvy shape. Contestant balances the beach ball with one hand while straddle-walking the hose.

6. Lawn Chair Crawl. Situate a row of lawn chairs so Olympians can crawl under them.

7. Sprinkler Jump. The final refreshing obstacle: a jump over the water!

No matter how you and your family choose to celebrate Labor Day this year, there is one creature that should not be around to participate in the festivities. No one wants a mosquito buzzing around, so make sure Mosquito Joe is on your to-do list for your September soiree. The great thing about MoJo is that since we are contract free, if you haven’t had a single spray all year it is not too late to start! Call your local Mosquito Joe today to get on the schedule and make sure your yard is the place to be this Labor Day, both for the games and because it is a swat and itch free zone!

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