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Grand Hotel – Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration – July 3 – 6, 2019

Grand Hotel - Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration

Join us for this Grand island tradition at America’s Summer Place as we celebrate the Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration.

This package is a perfect tradition to continue every year for the entire family. Experience the children’s carnival, ice cream social, cookout luncheon in the Tea Garden, free golf for ages 17 and younger and half off for accompanying adults on The Jewel, nightly cocktail receptions, and a full breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy an American Picnic for dinner at Fort Mackinac followed by celebratory fireworks. July is the perfect time to soak up the sun at Esther Williams Swimming Pool or take a bike ride and explore Mackinac Island. Children ages 5-12 are invited to participate in Grand Hotel’s Fourth of July Children’s Program. There is something for everyone.

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Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:

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Stay additional nights Monday, July 1, Tuesday, July 2 and/or Saturday, July 6 for $339 per family, per night. (additional fees apply)

Make your reservation online or call our reservations department at 1-800-33GRAND for availability.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Full breakfast and dinner daily
  • Grand Luncheon Buffet special rate offered daily for 4th of July guests (not included in package price)
  • Welcome Reception and evening Children’s movie
  • Children’s Carnival and Cookout Luncheon in the Tea Garden
  • Evening cocktail reception
  • Children’s Carnival and Ice Cream Social
  • 4th of July American Picnic dinner option at Fort Mackinac
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • Complimentary afternoon and evening children’s programs
  • Free golf green fees for ages 17 and under and half off for adults on The Jewel (cart fee required)
  • Free admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
  • Special discount on ferry boat tickets
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel

Subject to Michigan 6% sales tax, 2% Mackinac Island assessment and a $8.50 per person baggage handling charge. *Dates subject to availability. If issues occur when booking additional dates, please call 1-800-334-7263.

Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July Celebration

Arrive: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Depart: Saturday, July 6, 2019

Package Price:

Standard Room:
$2,649 per family, per room (5 person max)
$1,525 per family, per night


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Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2020

The annual 4th of July tournament on Mackinac Island is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Here is a link to the replay of the 2019 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament on ESPN * – Click here to view the replay. (NOTE: ESPN subscription may be required.)

Everyone is eligible to compete in the tournament. The more the merrier.

The tournament is open to all ages and always occurs at Windermere Pointe Beach (Located next to Hotel Iroquois) every year at 10:00 am on the 4th of July. Professional skippers compete at high noon, often skipping 20+ skips.

The Honorable Judge Glen Allen Open Tournament
(July 4th)

Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)

  • Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
  • Opening Ceremonies – Fudge Canoe arrives (10:00 am)
  • Amateur Tournament – 13 years old and up (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
    (committee may ask for credentials)
  • Pebbles Tournament – 12 year olds and under (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateurs (12:00 pm)+

Wilmer T. Rabe International Stone Skipping Tournament
(July 4th)

  • Professional Tournament (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm)
  • Awards Ceremony for Professionals (1:30 pm)

Complete Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Schedule is Here >>>>


50th Annual Stone Skipping was great fun

The weather was perfect on Mackinac Island for the 5oth annual tournament open to all. Check out the final results on the 2018 Scorecard to see this years winners.

The Pro division was quite exciting with a tie for first place. Traditionally when there is a tie the win goes to the to skippers second best stone. This year Bugsy and Lefty tied for 19 as their best skip and tied again with 17 for their second best skip. After deliberating with the judges Acting High Commissioner Paul H. Toepp, III announced that the winner would be determined by a sudden death 1 stone skip off. The crowd audibly signed when Bugsy threw a 5 and wonder if Left would go for the easy win. Lefty wound up and through for a 20+ but ended up with a 10 to take this years pro title.

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Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions

Skips Stones For Fudge [OFFICIAL TRAILER] from Highway Goat Productions on Vimeo.

Photos and Video from the 2010 Stone Skipping Tournament

Former Guinness Book Record holder Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars won the 2010 Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament with a throw of 30 skips. Second place went to Todd “Mussels” Callewaert with 26 skips & rounding out 3rd was Glenn “Hard Luck” Loy with a 22 skips. (Note: Video is the third round throw and is not the tournament winning 30 skip throw.)

Photos from the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament – July 4, 2010


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Star Spangled Fourth of July – Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2020

The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting.

It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games.

Guests join the party and participate in Victorian dances and games on the fort parade ground.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Included with regular Fort Mackinac Admission. Adult $12, Youth (5-17) and free for children 4 and under.

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An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac – July 4, 2019 (Cancelled for 2020)

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks!

An American Picnic at Fort Mackinac
Presented by Grand Hotel

Thursday, July 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. to Dusk
Adults: $64.00; Child (5-12): $40.00; Under 5: Free


Beer, wine and soft drinks available for additional charge.

All Fort Mackinac buildings will be open and a program of patriotic music will be presented. Tickets are nonrefundable if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Advance tickets will go on sale in June and will be available at Grand Hotel, Fort Mackinac, and Mackinac Island State Park Visitors Center. Ticket includes fort admission.


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