Every year, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. This year, three of New Jersey’s professional baseball teams will play their final game of the regular season during the holiday; this seems appropriate given that the sport unofficially ushers spring into summer and then summer into fall as it winds down. If New Jersey sports fans are looking to soak in some baseball before the weather gets cold, there are plenty of options.
But that’s not all. There are a couple other sports-related activities and events available for those looking to get outside and enjoy the weather. So whether you’re into baseball, running, or steering boats with a paddle, there are a handful of options for Labor Day sporting events in NJ. Of course, don’t forget to also check out our other feature on The Best Labor Day Weekend Events in NJ.
When: September 4th, 1:00 pm at Arm and Hammer Park
Details: The Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, will take on the Reading Fightin Phils in both team’s regular season finale. At 80-42, the Thunder have nearly clinched a playoff berth and currently have an eight-game lead over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League. Trenton will give away lucky seat prizes throughout the game and FOX-TV will have additional prizes for fans, promoting three shows for their new fall lineup: Ghosted, Orville and The Gifted.
More info: Visit trentonthunder.com.
When: September 4th, 1:05 pm at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood
Details: The BlueClaws square off against the Kannapolis Intimidators in the last game of the regular season. Lakewood is 23-30 and unlikely to make the Minor League postseason, but still boasts several impressive Phillies prospects (the team is Philadelphia’s Class A affiliate), including a pair of first-round outfielders: Mickey Moniak, the top overall pick in the 2016 draft, and Adam Haseley, whom the Phillies picked eighth overall out of Virginia in June. In addition, outfielder Blake Rutherford, the Yankees’ 2016 first-rounder, will be on display for Kannapolis after New York traded him and several other prospects to the White Sox for David Robertson, Todd Frazier and Tommy Kahnle before the trade deadline this season.
More info: Visit lakewoodblueclaws.com.
Sussex County Miners
When: September 4th, 2:05 pm at Skylands Stadium in Augusta
Details: There will be plenty of deals for Miners fans when Sussex County plays its final regular season game. The team’s Dog Day Monday – buy one, get one free – is available and pets are welcome at the game. And you can save $2 per ticket when you purchase tickets in advance.
More info: Visit http://sussexcountyminers.com.
OCNJ Labor Day Race
When: September 4th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Ocean City Beach in Ocean City
Details: Looking to get some exercise during the day off? The OCNJ race begins with a five-mile beach run, with a one-mile walk/run immediately following the start of the five-mile run. There’s a $20 pre-registration race fee or a $25 day fee if you register on race day. All OCNJ race proceeds will benefit Ocean City Recreation Scholarships & Programs.
More info: Visit https://bestofnj.com/events/ocnj-labor-day-race-2.
Passaic River Labor Day Paddle
When: September 4th, 10:30 am-12:30 pm and 2 pm-4 pm at Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland
Details: This one is less of a sporting event, and more of an outdoor activity. There is no competition taking place, and the event is geared towards beginners. Advanced registration is required for this North Jersey event for adults and children 10 and older. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature as you paddle up the river and float downstream. The cost for the event is $30 per canoe.
More info: Visit https://www.essexcountyparks.org/_media/_data/EssexResource/envl-summer17.pdf