Thousands Gather to Carry on Tradition for ’18 Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk

The ‘Mighty Mac’ will see lots of traffic this Labor Day and it won’t be coming from the vehicles.

The annual Labor Day Bridge Walk will be held for the 61st time.

The bridge is closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon to public vehicle traffic.

The walk will begin at 7 a.m. from both ends of the bridge in both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

Some major changes were made to the walk this year that may seem unfamiliar to many.

There will not be any buses transporting walkers from one side of the bridge to the other.

Previously, bridge walkers walked the full length of the bridge one way and were bused back to the other side.

That means walkers will walk half of the length of the bridge and then turn around to walk back the way they came from.

Those who did want to take part in the tradition of walking from one side of the bridge to the other can take a ferry ride.

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry and Star Line Mackinac Island hydro-jet ferry are offering rides to and from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace starting at 6 a.m.

Star Line says they will be able to transport 500 walkers at a time.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $12 for kids.