The 4th of July would not be complete without An American Picnic, presented by Grand Hotel, at iconic Fort Mackinac, with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“Fort Mackinac is the perfect venue for celebrating the 4th of July,” said Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks director. “This is one of the most exciting days to visit the fort during the summer. The 4th of July events allow guests to participate in activities that really tie into the history and the meaning of Independence Day.”
At the event, guests will have the opportunity to have a picnic on the parade ground. The picnic includes an all-you-can-eat assortment of Grand Hotel’s grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, corn on the cob, pasta salad, coleslaw, red skin potato salad, corn bread, potato chips, baked beans, watermelon slices, full dessert buffet, iced tea, lemonade and milk; all on checkered red and white tablecloths! Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for additional charge.
An American Picnic tickets are $64 for adults, $40 for children (ages 5–12), and free for children under 5 years-old. All Fort Mackinac buildings are open during An American Picnic, and special themed programming will take place. At 7:00 p.m., historic interpreters will fire a 38-gun salute to honor the states of the union in the 1880s, host a reel and rose dance on the parade ground, and, for the finale, will fire three cannon blasts with each louder and more impressive than the previous one. The picnic concludes with fireworks at dusk.
Advance tickets are available at Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, the Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center, and online at mackinacparks.com. Tickets are nonrefundable if the event is cancelled due to inclement weather.