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Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk 2022 (Ultimate Guide)

Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk 2022: Cross the Mighty Mac

Ever dreamed about crossing the Straits of Mackinac?

You can, of course, thanks to the amazing feat of modern architecture that is the Mackinac Bridge.

You can do it in the company of thousands of others, too, at the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, when participants in the walk traverse to the midpoint of the bridge from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, and then turn back.

Some continue on, walking the entire bridge on foot or in wheelchairs; hundreds of feet above the deep blue below at the exact spot that Lakes Michigan and Huron meet.

Taking part in this event is very special: it is the ONLY time that pedestrians are allow to traverse the Mackinac Bridge.

Read on to learn more about this annual Michigan tradition celebrating Michigan’s iconic bridge and the unity between the state’s two peninsulas.

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Labor Day Bridge Walk

The Labor Day Bridge Walk isn’t just for the super – physically fit; as long as you can make the five-mile journey on foot, you’ll be fine.

You’ll be joined by people pushing babies in strollers and folks in wheelchairs, too, all eager to cross the Mackinac Bridge and get a certificate at the completion of the event.

It’s a fun event that has attracted crowds for more than 50 years, growing in popularity each year.

According to the bridge authority, more than 30,000 people walked the bridge in 2019.

Come join us as we share more information about this unique Michigan tradition.

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About The Mackinac Bridge Walk

The Mackinac Bridge isn’t only known for being the state’s largest asset in Michigan history or being the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

It is also known for their annual bridge walk, a long-held tradition of crossing the bridge pedestrian-style on the outside paved lane of the bridge on Labor Day.

Here’s how it works:

The walk kicks off at 7:00 am, when the Governor starts the walk with her group.

The public may begin walking once she proceeds, and please remember that the latest you may start walking is at 11:30 am. You’ll want to be sure to show up before then in order to take part in this Michigan tradition.

To ensure the safety of the walkers, the bridge is closed to cars trucks and other public traffic from 6:30 a.m. until noon on the day of the walk.

Walk until you reach the midpoint of the bridge, approximately 2.5 miles, and then continue to walk returning to your starting point.

This means it’s about five miles round trip: you’ll deserve that bridge walk certificate proving you’ve walked the bridge.

Please note their is no bus transportation across the bridge.

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More Facts About the Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk

Remember to prepare for a long trip as this walk takes about 2 hours to finish with no washrooms around for bathroom breaks.

Walkers may start from the north end of the bridge in St. Ignace or at the south end of the bridge in Mackinaw City.

If you are walking the entire length of the bridge, you will have to arrange for transportation back to their starting point after the bridge reopens to the public after 12 p.m.

As per the Bridge Authority, prohibited items include umbrellas bicycles roller skates skateboards signs, banners, wagons and similar types of devices.

With the sole exception of working service dogs, no animals are allowed on the bridge.

Wheelchairs are allowed.

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Mackinac Bridge Walk Must-Knows

Also note that except for pre-qualified, registered participants in the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Run, no running or racing is permitted on the bridge.

The Little Bear East Arena is your best bet at finding free and available parking space. If you prefer using a shuttle service, that can be found there too.

For the event, public traffic closes at 6:30 am and opens back up at 12:00 pm.

Crossing Mackinac Bridge is a Michigander’s rite of passage.: if you decide to spend your Labor Day on the bridge, you will be glad to know that no fee nor registration is required to join in on the fun!

You can find additional details, including updated parking information, locations of portable toilets, and more information about the walk here.

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Mackinac Bridge Facts

About the Mackinac Bridge

When you hear the word “bridge”, one of the first things you may think of is the well-known fairy tale about the greedy troll living under one.

Well, fear not because the only thing you will find under the fourth largest bridge in the world is a short waterway named the Straits of Mackinac.

If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a glimpse of a Mackinac ferry or two in the distance, scurrying across the water as it transports visitor to Mackinac Island from Mackinac City or St. Ignace.

The Mackinac Bridge is one of Michigan’s proudest tourist attractions, and is a landmark for some taking the Great Lakes Circle Tour, which encompasses the entire Great lakes shoreline.

Also known as “Big Mac” and “Mighty Mac”, Mackinac is the bridge connecting the village of Mackinaw City to St. Ignace which is another popular tourist attraction.

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Mackinac Bridge Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Mackinac Bridge?


A. The Mackinac Bridge is a Suspension Bridge. Suspension bridges are decks held by cables and alow a person to cross from point A to point B. Mackinac Bridge connects the two peninsulas of Michigan. It it is not just a bridge, it is an adored landmark by Michiganders that even warranted for a book published by local author Mike Fornes in honor of its 50th anniversary.
This 26,372-foot-long bridge is the world’s longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere

Q. What happens in case of emergency during the Mackinac Bridge Walk?

A. In case of emergency, official personnel, such as the Michigan State Police and more, will be in attendance to the event.

Q. What are the Straits of Mackinac?

A. The Straits of Mackinac is located between the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula. The Mackinac straits connects two of the Great Lakes’ bodies of waters, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The Straits of Mackinac have a rich history in the development of Michigan, rooted in both the fur trade and the Native Americans living in the area.

Q. How long is the Mackinac Bridge?

A. The Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 ft. long, and 54 feet across. This vehicle crossing is five miles long and takes about 5-7 minutes to drive.

Q. How many people did it take to build the bridge?

A. 3,500 workers helped construct the magnificent structure. Workers had to climb high towers, but they were rewarded with beautiful views.

Q. How many people died during the bridge’s construction?

A. Building the site was very precarious, 5 individuals perished during its construction.

Q. What makes Mackinac Bridge so special?

A. Historic bridges include Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and, of course, Mackinac Bridge.The Golden Gate Bridge is the tallest bridge suspension in America, however, not the longest. The “Mighty Mac” is the longest, therefore earning it the grand nickname. To compare the total length of the bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge is 8,981 ft. and Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 ft. long

Q. Do you have to pay to go on the Mackinac Bridge?

A. If you plan on crossing the bridge in Michigan, be mindful of the tolls you will have to pay with credit or debit cards on the North side of the bridge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Arrianna Bichara is a content writing intern for mymichiganbeach.com. Originally from California, she later moved to Michigan where she now attends Madonna University. She is currently majoring in Journalism and Public Relations with a minor in Criminal Justice. Travelling and storytelling has always been a hobby for Arrianna, and she is excited to bring the two together. In her free time, Arrianna likes to binge watch television shows, take photographs, and plan her next trips.

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