Created: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 08:22:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:56:52 EST
As the unofficial end of summer started, retired worker Larry Davis had only one wish.
"Well being a man that worked outside, I'm hoping that the hot weather be gone first," he said.
Unfortunately, summer will go on and so will the hot temperatures. Davis said he decided to take his wife and grand-kids to Lake Tobesofkee to celebrate the American holiday the American way.
"Have a little barbecue, have a little fun on the beach," said Davis.
Davis and his family was one of the many families crowding Claystone Park Monday afternoon. The park was one of many destinations for families looking to celebrate a day to commemorate the hard working American.
It was more about enjoying the nautical life on Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville. Little River Park Marina employees said business was been wide open with jet ski and boat rentals. The boat ramp also with a steady flow of traffic.
"It's the busiest weekend I've seen in a long time," said Jill Rice.
Jill and her daughter Jana were renting a boat from the marina. Labor day was about bonding, beginning with refueling the boat. The first funnel wasn't working correctly. They laughed about having trouble doing something they thought was going to be a breeze. They would get a replacement along with two bags of ice.
"Just riding around on the boat, going tubing, maybe hit the sandbar," Jill said of their evening plans.
The last holiday before the fall and winter seasons and to many the last chance for summer fun but this year it turns out to be at least a chance to get out.
"It's been raining so much," said Rice. "So we really haven't had a chance to get out. We live on the lake but it rains a lot."
Others took a more unconventional approach to celebrating the holiday.
"Having fun banging some chains," said Michelle Jones. "it is unusual for a lot of people."
Jones, along with friends and family took to the disc golf course on Lake Tobesofkee. She says it's a different setting but the goal is the same.
"Take a break, spend some time with family and be outdoors and enjoy the nature," said Jones.
Fashionistas will say goodbye to summer whites until next year, Jones laughingly disagrees with that tradition.
"I don't believe in that at all."