Help honor our great state on January 18 by celebrating National Michigan Day! But what is National Michigan Day? It is a special day dedicated to the Great Lakes State to highlight all the great things it has to offer – and it’s different than the state’s birthday, which is on January 26.
Here are some little-known facts about Michigan you can use to impress your family and friends:
- Although the United States claimed the Northwest Territories in 1783 from the Treaty of Paris, most settlers in Detroit favored the British. The U.S. took control following the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1795 when the British finally evacuated.
- There are more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 36,00 miles of streams, and over 3,100 miles of shoreline along the Great Lakes.
- A French-Canadian lumberjack who worked in the Grayling area in the late 1800s is believed to be the inspiration for the legendary Paul Bunyan.
- The state stone, a Petoskey stone, is made from 350 million-year-old fossilized limestone.
- The Upper Peninsula is home to the least visited national park in the country – Isle Royale National Park – due to its remote location.
Take the celebration one step further on National Michigan Day by going out to visit one of the state’s great parks, museums, or favorite attraction. Here are few options to get you started:
- Visit the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House for a look back at one of the catalyst families in our automotive revolution.
- Get your winter sports on at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.
- Explore the Eben Ice Caves in the U.P. to see amazing “ice caves” formed from melting snow.
Make the whole month of January a time to explore all the great things Michigan offers; we know there is plenty out there to find. For more local happenings, check out the “Your Neighborhood” tab on Empowering Michigan.