Looking for a memorable Labor Day event the whole family can enjoy? Head to St. Ignace for the Mackinac Bridge Walk! The walk begins in St. Ignace at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the Upper Peninsula and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the Lower Peninsula. Read on to learn more about this state-favorite event.

What is the Mackinac Bridge Walk?

There are many fantastic festivals taking place across Michigan in celebration of Labor Day, but maybe none as iconic as the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. Each year, thousands cross Michigan’s most iconic landmark on the first Monday in September, trekking five miles across the western hemisphere’s largest suspended bridge. This year, the bridge will be closed to traffic, assuring plenty of room to walk.

Is there anything to do besides walking the bridge?

Yes! Labor Day Weekend around the bridge has many activities for the whole family. Start at Arts Dockside in St. Ignace on Saturday where more than 100 exhibitors display unique crafts for sale all day in the City Marina parking lot.  Be sure to stick around on Saturday evening for Fireworks Over the Bay at dusk. Arts Dockside continues all day Sunday; in the evening the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau will be hosting Outdoor Movies By the Bay at the American Legion Park.  Bring your lawn chair or blankets and come enjoy the movie before rising bright and early Monday for the bridge walk.

How much does it cost to participate?

The walk is free! Busses will also be available to take participants from Mackinac City back to St. Ignace for $5 (infants ride free). You can either park in St. Ignace, walk the bridge and ride the bus back or park in Mackinaw City, ride the bus to St. Ignace and then walk back to your vehicle.

What else is there to know?

The walk starts at 7 a.m. and all walkers must start across by 10 a.m. (get there early!) Walkers will also receive a numbered bridge walk certificate once the walk is completed. The number on your certificate may match a number on display in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on day of event only. If you have a winning number, you are entitled to claim a prize which may be worth anywhere from $15 to $150.

Be sure to check out our other Your Neighborhood blogs for more great Michigan events.