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National Michigan Day

Celebrate National Michigan Day by exploring the great lakes, discovering beautiful nature trails, and sampling delicious local cuisine!
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Celebrate the amazing state of Michigan on National Michigan Day, January 18th! This special day was created to honor the beautiful sights and sounds of this great Midwest state. From its lush forests and crystal-clear lakes to its vibrant cities, there is so much history here that it's no wonder why people from all over flock to visit. So let's join together in celebrating all things Michigan - from Detroit style pizza to cherries - for a fun-filled day!

History of National Michigan Day

National Michigan Day Dates

National Michigan Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1805</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Michigan Territory Formed</div><div class='timeline-text'>Michigan was formed as a territory following the passage of an Act of Congress.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1837</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Michigan Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>Michigan was admitted as the 26th state to the Union on January 26, 1837.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1847</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Capital Moved to Lansing</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1847, the state capital was moved from Detroit to Lansing to encourage development of the western parts of the state.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1908</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Founding of General Motors</div><div class='timeline-text'>General Motors was founded in Michigan, beginning the state's long history with the automotive industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1959</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Motown Records Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>Motown Records was established in Detroit, leading Michigan to become synonymous with the Motown sound and its contribution to music history.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Michigan Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>National calendar of state recognitions officially designated January 18 as National Michigan Day to honor the Great Lakes State's history and contributions.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Michigan Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a Michigan landmark</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to one of Michigan's famous landmarks. Visit Mackinac Island, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, or the Detroit Institute of Arts. Enjoy exploring the history and culture of Michigan.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat Michigan food</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try some of Michigan's unique dishes like pasties, coney dogs, and cherry pie. There is always something new to try in every city in Michigan.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore Michigan's lakes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Michigan is known for its thousands of lakes, so why not take a boat out and explore them? There are plenty of activities like fishing, swimming, and boating that can be enjoyed when visiting one of Michigan's many lakes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Detroit Tigers game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go out to Comerica Park and watch the Detroit Tigers play! Even if you don't know much about baseball, it is still a great way to show support for your favorite team.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go to a Michigan festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Participate in one of the many festivals Michigan has to offer! From music festivals like Electric Forest or Movement Festival to food festivals like National Cherry Festival or The Taste of Kalamazoo, there is something for everyone.</p></div></div>

Why National Michigan Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It recognizes the rich history of Michigan</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Michigan has a long and illustrious history, from its first inhabitants to the diverse cultures that now call it home. On National Michigan Day, we can all take a moment to celebrate the state's many successes and recognize those who helped make Michigan the great place it is today.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates Michigan’s natural beauty</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Beautiful lakes, soaring forests and picturesque lighthouses - these are just some of the wonders that make up the beautiful state of Michigan. With National Michigan Day, we have the opportunity to appreciate this amazing landscape and show our appreciation for its breathtaking natural spaces.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It honors local organizations and businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Michigan Day is also an important way to recognize and honor how invested Michiganders are in their communities. From small locally run businesses to large charitable organizations, there are countless residents doing their part to improve life in their home state!</p></div></div>

5 Iconic Facts About Michigan

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Michigan is Known as the Wolverine State</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite the nickname, wolverines are extremely rare in Michigan. The name likely comes from a Native American legend or from early settlers' comparisons of the state's traders and land grabbers to the fiercely aggressive animal.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Michigan is the Birthplace of the American Automobile Industry</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 1896, Henry Ford built his first automobile, the Quadricycle, in a workshop in Detroit. Since then, Michigan has been leading in automobile production, with Detroit earning itself the nickname "Motor City."</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Michigan is Home to More Than 11,000 Inland Lakes</h3><p class='facts-content'>Anywhere in the state, you are never more than six miles from an inland lake or more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Michigan is the Only State Comprised of Two Peninsulas</h3><p class='facts-content'>The state is made up of two peninsulas separated by the Straits of Mackinac. The Upper Peninsula is known for its beauty and mineral resources, while the Lower Peninsula is known for its industry and agriculture.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Michigan Produces More Than 70% of the United States' Tart Cherries</h3><p class='facts-content'>The state's climate, with warm summers and cold winters, is perfect for growing cherries. Traverse City is often referred to as the Cherry Capital of the World and hosts an annual Cherry Festival.</p></div></div>

National Michigan Day FAQs

When is National Michigan Day?

National Michigan Day is celebrated on January 18 every year. In 2024, the date will fall on a Thursday.

National Michigan Day Dates



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