Why We Celebrate Labor Day

5 reasons to stay put for Holiday at Home

For the 60th annual Holiday at Home celebration, organizers decided on a theme sure to hit it out of the park.

Holiday at Home “Hits It Out of the Park” will continue Labor Day Monday, through 6 p.m. with a 5K, parade, arts and crafts vendors and food vendors.


The Holiday at Home festival originally began on Labor Day, 1959, under the sponsorship of the Kettering YMCA. The event was founded to provide other Kettering residents with a reason to enjoy the holiday in their hometown.  

Back then, there were a lot of car accidents and deaths over Labor Day weekend because so many people were traveling, according to Jordan Wyant, former Holiday at Home president.

Holiday at Home spectators brought along their own shade to keep cool. STAFF PHOTO/Chuck Hamlin

The founders of Holiday at Home created the festival with the intention of keeping their community members safe, while also providing an opportunity to have fun. The festival was so successful that it eventually outgrew the YMCA and has since been adopted by individuals in the city of Kettering. 

Holiday at Home features multiple stages of live entertainment as well as more than 150 artisans from all over the country, and so much more. 

Here are 5 reasons to stay home this Labor Day weekend: 


Holiday at Home confirmed more than 100 arts and craft vendors have set up shop Sunday and Monday at the government center and into Lincoln Park Civic Commons from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. 

Insider tip: head to the Fraze around 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday. If you don’t mind missing the parade, you’ll get to beat the crowds and have a somewhat personal shopping experience. 


There will be car shows on Sunday and Monday, featuring unique and vintage vehicles. The entertainment continues with the Annual Invitational Auto Show on Monday, (Labor Day) from noon to 5 p.m.

A young man looks over the hot rods at the Kettering Holiday at Home Invitational car show, hekd Sept. 4-5 along Lincoln Park Boulevard. © 2016 Photograph by Skip Peterson


Organizers promise a mix of both new groups and old favorites for what is one of the largest parades in the Dayton area this year. As many as 100,000 spectators have come out to see this feature in the past. The parade flows north on Far Hills Avenue starting at Stroop Road and ending just before Dorothy Lane making the parade route just under a mile. 

Set your alarms, because the parade begins at 9:55 a.m. on Labor Day.

Far Hills Avenue was lined with people watching the Holiday At Home Parade Monday, Sept. 1 in Kettering. Michael Franz \ Staff
Photo: Staff photo by Michael Franz


The annual 5K run takes place before the parade on Monday morning at 8 a.m. A free quarter-mile Kids Fun Run takes place 15 minutes before the 5K.

Up to 500 runners will jog through the parade route and other areas of Kettering, before enjoying a complimentary pancake breakfast. Cost is $35.

You can register to participate here. We know you’re only in it for the pancakes. 


The kid’s area will be sure to keep your little ones occupied all day long. They’ll have everything from face painting to inflatable bounce houses.

For an extra special experience, take your kids by the interactive arts and crafts booths so they can make their own creations.  

Lincoln Park was filled with people for the Holiday At Home festival Monday, Sept. 1 in Kettering. Chuck Hamlin \ Staff
Photo: Staff photo by Michael Franz

Want to go? 

WHAT: Holiday at Home

WHEN: Continues through Monday, Sept. 2

WHERE: Various locations around Kettering

COST: Free 

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