What to know about the 2021 Mackinac Bridge Walk on Labor Day

The Mackinac Bridge (Photo by Amber Ainsworth/FOX 2)

The Mackinac Bridge Walk returns this Labor Day weekend after its cancelation last year.

The Bridge Walk will have starting points in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. According to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the same spots were used during the 2018 and 2019 walks and were successful because they gave participants more options and eliminated the need for buses.

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The Bridge Walk begins at 7 a.m. Sept. 6. Participants can begin walking up until 11:30 a.m.

The bridge closes to traffic at 6:30 a.m. and will reopen at noon.


The walk is free and there is no registration.

Walking options

  • Walk from either end of the bridge, then turn around at the midpoint and return to the side where you started. Beginning at 10 a.m., the turnaround point will be moved toward the ends of the bridge, but you may start walking up until 11:30 a.m.
  • Walk from either end of the bridge and continue across to the other side. This option is most like previous bridge walks. However, since bus transportation across the bridge will not be provided, walkers who choose this option will need to arrange for their own transportation back across after the bridge reopens at noon. Walkers who do not reach the midpoint of the bridge before 10 a.m. will be turned back.
  • Walk from either end of the bridge, continuing across to the other side, then walk back to the end of the bridge you started from. This option will mean a 10-mile round trip for participants. If walkers in this option do not reach the midpoint of the bridge on their return trip by 10 a.m. they will be turned back.


Walkers are encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor areas, per CDC recommendations.

Prohibited items

  • Signs
  • Banners
  • Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Roller skates
  • Skateboards
  • Wagons and similar types of devices
  • Animals, with the exception of service animals

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