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Celebrate a Star-Spangled Fourth at Fort Mackinac

This Independence Day, the air will be redolent with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. On July 4th, guests of the hotel are cordially invited to join the party at one of the island’s most popular holiday events – Fort Mackinac’s Star-Spangled Fourth of July.

Return to the 1880’s with a visit to the fort, decorated for the holiday with banners, flags, and bunting. All the fort’s buildings will be open, and patriotic music will be performed, along with rousing 38-gun salutes. Guests can join in the Victorian dances and games on the fort’s parade ground. The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. An American Picnic, featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued ribs, grilled chicken breasts, and a large variety of sides, salads, and desserts will be served at 6:30 p.m., with a spectacular fireworks display beginning at dusk.