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Come spend your Independence Day with us on Mackinac Island. Stop by Windermere Point were you'll find good old-fashioned fun and games provided by the Mackinac Island Recreation Department. Try your luck at the greasy pole climb, sack races, wheel barrow races, tug-of-war, balloon toss, face painting and more. Be sure to bring your camera because there are photo opportunities aplenty at this event. You can also participate in the annual stone skipping competition! Skippers, amateur and pro alike, are welcome. The view is spectacular and everyone has a rolling, rockin’ time trying to get their special stone to skip the most skips over the waters of Lake Michigan.

You can also visit Fort Mackinac for their All American Picnic. The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic banners and flags. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, Victorian children’s games and dancing. Enjoy a picnic with food provided by the Grand Hotel - spread out one of the festive red-and-white-checkered tablecloths and pile up your plate with tangy BBQ ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts – all served on Fort Mackinac's parade ground. For more information, visit

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