Mackinac Island is celebrating the Fourth of July with the return of its annual fireworks show and stone skipping tournament. Additional fan-favorite holiday festivities are planned for a full weekend of family fun.
Mackinac Island Tourism announced the return of the island’s famed Fourth of July fireworks show. Each year, visitors and residents travel to the expansive boardwalk and Windermere Point to view one of the island’s most notable celebrations.
“We’re thrilled to continue some of our favorite traditions on Mackinac Island,” Mackinac Island Tourism Executive Director Tim Hygh says. “Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and there’s no better place for it than the Summer Capital of the World. We have our member businesses to thank, as they really stepped up to the plate to fund and organize such a wonderful display.”
The fireworks show is set to begin just after 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Visitors are encouraged to make their way to their viewing locations on the west side of the island well in advance of the show’s start and are asked to closely adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Also returning for 2020 is the W.T. Rabe Stone Skipping Tournament. Celebrating its 52nd year, the competition is set to take place on Saturday, July 4 at 12 p.m. at Windemere Point. Additionally, the tournament is currently scheduled to air live on ESPN3 and re-air on ESPN ‘The Ocho’ on August 8.
“Despite the uncertainty this year has brought, we are finding ways to continue our traditions to the benefit of visitors and our local economy alike,” says Bob Benser, Mackinac Island hotelier and owner of Chippewa Hotel, Lilac Tree Suites & Spa and The Mackinac House.
Mackinac Island Tourism member businesses worked tirelessly to fund and organize this year’s festivities, with major financial contributions made by Arnold Freight, Bicycle Street Inn, Chippewa Hotel, Doud’s Market, Grand Hotel, Island House, The Mackinac House, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, Market Street Inn, Murdick’s Fudge and Windermere Hotel.