Oh Hey Labor Day!

Labor Day is here y’all! Can I get an AMEN for the glorious three day weekend that is upon us? It’s time to tell summer “see ya later” and welcome fall with open arms. Now, us Georgians are particularly fond of fall. Her arrival means we made it through another scorcher of a summer. It marks our last chances to enjoy outdoor festivals and scenery and BBQs with family and friends. Not to mention, it commemorates the start of football…and on that note I am gonna need another AMEN!

If you are half as excited as me, you may have forgotten to make plans for this weekend. Have no fear! I am here once again to fill you in on the happenings around town. And without further ado, I present your Labor Day:

  1. This one is a no-brainer. College Football! Here in Atlanta, the Chick-fil-A Kick Off Game (Georgia Bulldogs v. North Carolina Tarheels) is at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, September 3 at 5:30. Unfortunately, this event is sold out, but, have no fear, you can still catch it on ESPN. The Georgia Tech boys decided to play their opener in Ireland, so you can catch their game against Boston College on ESPN2 at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. If you are looking for a place to catch your favorite team on TV, I highly recommend my favorite sports bar, TJ’s in Roswell, GA.

Footnote: WOO PIG SOOIE! I am a Georgian, by way of Arkansas, so y’all don’t hate on me!

  1. Dragon Con. Now, y’all don’t go telling on me, but I am secret sci-fi fanatic! I am so jealous of those of you headed out to Dragon Con. It is on my bucket list and I will make it there one day! Please head out to Atlanta for me and enjoy the 15th annual celebration of the world’s largest sci-fi and fantasy convention. It runs September 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets prices range from $35-$150. The not-to be-missed parade starts at 10 on Saturday on Peachtree Street and you can watch from home on the CW and 10 a.m. and again at 8 p.m.
  2. Here in my neck of the woods we have Roswell’s Annual End of Summer Celebration at Centennial High School. There you will find live music, BBQ, activities for the kiddos, and an amazing fireworks show starting at dark. Admission is free.
  3. If you are a bookworm (raises hand) you might enjoy AJC’s Decatur Book Festival. The festival runs September 2-4 at Decatur High School’s Performing Arts Center. The keynote event is a tribute to Atlanta’s own Pat Conroy. Admission is free.

That’s just a sampling of the tons of events going on around town. You can always fire up the grill, hit up the Labor Day Sales (remember to shop local if you can!) or, just relax! However you choose to celebrate, remember that an arrest for DUI will ruin the weekend with a quickness. So plan ahead, have fun and always stay safe!

Melanie Ellwanger is a North Georgia DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney. She is a former prosecuting attorney and judicial candidate. She has been ranked as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine 2013-2016. melanie@hiremelaw.com

DISCLAIMER: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.