Arrive Saturday, July 2 • Depart Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Length of Stay Requirements and Pricing Details:
This package has a length of stay requirement of 3 nights.
Additional nights are available June 29, 30, July 1, 5, and 6 at some of the lowest rates of the season.
New year, new reasons. Come back and join in the festivities of Grand Hotel’s 135th birthday throughout the month of July! Celebrate with family and friends, while exploring the best that a Mackinac Island summer has to offer.
Grand Hotel Accommodations
Breakfast and dinner daily
Evening movies with Esther
Evening Receptions on July 2nd and 3rd
Glow stick and cotton candy parties on July 2nd and 3rd at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool
Two days of a Children’s Carnival in the Tea Garden
BBQ luncheon on July 3rd
Ice Cream Social on July 4th
American Picnic in the Tea Garden the evening of July 4th
Grand Fourth of July Fireworks Display Viewing
Complimentary admission to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
Special discount on ferry tickets
The Old Fashioned Mackinac Fourth of July package is also available by calling Grand Hotel Reservations at 1-800-334-7263.
Additional July Fourth Package Details
Start off your weekend with evening movies with Esther on Friday and Saturday night. Experience two days of an exciting children’s carnival full of games and prizes, small rides, face painting, blow-up bounce houses, and much more! On Sunday, enjoy a BBQ luncheon in the Tea Garden and on Monday cool off with our annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social. Complimentary golf for ages 17 and younger and 50% off for accompanying adults on The Jewel, beer and wine receptions, and breakfast and dinner daily will also be included. Celebrate the Fourth of July, with an evening American Picnic and Grand Fourth of July Fireworks Display, best seen from The World’s Longest Front Porch!
July is the perfect time to soak up the sun at the Esther Williams Swimming Pool, play lawn games in the Tea Garden, or take a bike ride and explore everything Mackinac Island has to offer. With so many activities around Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island, there really is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. We hope to see you for this Grand Fourth of July tradition! See Pictures of Past July Fourth Events
Professional stone skippers will bring their best skipping skills and compete for the much-coveted trophy! There will also be a Gerplunking Division (ages 5 & under), a Pebbles Division (ages 6-12), and an Open Division (ages 13 & up).
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
Judges Tribunal – Windemere (8:30ish am)
Stone Skipping Clinic – 10ish on the beach hosted by several world champion skippers
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.
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
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 games on the fort parade ground.
Don’t miss out on this all 1880s Independence Day as we have catch and baseball available on the parade ground to go along with foot races and sack races, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the raising of the colors, the national salute (38 rifle blasts for the 38 states of the 1880s!), a cannon salute, and much more!
The Tea Room Restaurant, operated by Grand Hotel, is open all day serving snacks, sweets, and beverages, and will have full lunch service from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All special programming is included with regular admission to Fort Mackinac.
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
GRILLED HOT DOGS
BBQ BABY BACK RIBS
GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS
CORN ON THE COB
PASTA SALAD, COLESLAW, RED SKIN POTATO SALAD
CORN BREAD, POTATO CHIPS
FULL DESSERT BUFFET
ICED TEA, LEMONADE, MILK
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.