The unofficial end of summer comes at sundown, and we’re not ready to say goodbye to the warm weather and long nights. If the summer has to end, the least we can do it send it off in style, right? Beyonce thinks so! To celebrate this day of not working, here’s so musical inspiration for your Labor Day barbecue, cookout, pool party, or day drinking fiasco. Watch and learn.
1. “Party,” Beyonce Featuring J. Cole
Bey’s trailer park soiree is the most fashionable summer cookout we’ve ever seen. Drool over the many fabulous outfits she models in both indoor and outdoor party settings, and marvel at the fact that summertime humidity never seems to affect her hair. Dice, pool toys, and late-night lawn mowing paints Beyonce in a light you may not have seen her in before–as well as provides suggested activities for your own party–but we give this one bonus points for the Kelly Rowland and Solange cameos.
2. “I Get Around,” 2Pac
Sure, this video has mostly been remembered for a shirtless Pac running wild through throngs of women willing to rub up on him. If you’re able to look past the suds of the bathwater and packed jacuzzi, you’ll notice a family-friendly barbecue in which revelers are simply trying to enjoy the nice weather. Just like he intended, right?
3. “Nuthin’ But A G Thang,” Dr. Dre
Those West Coast boys certainly know how to put a spread together. Dre and Snoop can rap all day about whether it’s like that or like this (and uh), but can somebody please pass the ribs?
4. “Summertime,” DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Capturing the epitome of urban al fresco dinning, Will Smith’s ’90s ode to the warmer months is exactly how we want to spend our June, July, and August every single year. Just look at all that meat!
5. “Country Grammar (Hot…),” Nelly
With corn on the cob, Natural Light, and a whole lot of barbecue sauce, Nelly’s street cookout has got it going on.
But in the battle between Philly and St. Louis cookouts, who will emerge victorious?