File photos via AP Mackinac Bridge Walk
File photos via AP

Michigan’s traditions are making a comeback, and that means a community walk across one of the state’s most iconic bridges.

ST. IGNACE, Mich.—As more and more of Michigan’s population gets vaccinated, the state’s most popular events are starting to return. 

The Mackinac Bridge Walk is making a comeback this Labor Day. Last year it was canceled because of the pandemic.

The 5-mile-long (8-kilometer-long) suspension bridge linking the Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas will only allow foot traffic from 6:30 a.m. to noon ET on Sept. 6 as walkers make their way through the iconic setting. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will join the walk at 7 a.m. starting at St. Ignace and ending at Mackinaw City. 

How It Works

Walkers will start from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace at either end of the span. Participants can start any time between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

Walkers have three options: walk to the middle from either end and turn around; walk the entire bridge, starting from either end; and walk the bridge twice, starting from either end. 

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The average length of time to walk across is two hours. Portable toilets will be available at either end.

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed. Prohibited items include signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards and wagons. Except for working service dogs, no animals are allowed. There’s no smoking.

There’s no fee or registration for this event; everyone is welcome.

The annual bridge walk started in 1958. An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people have participated in recent years.

At press time, more than 60% of Michiganders ages 16+ were on their way to being fully vaccinated, and 12+ vaccines are ramping up. To our regular progress, click here.

The ‘Gander’s Associate Editor Katelyn Kivel contributed to this report.