National Michigan Day 2024 (US): History, FAQs, Dates, Activities, and Facts about Michigan

National Michigan Day 2024 (US): National Michigan Day is observed on January 18 each year. Michigan is affectionately referred to as “The Great Lakes State” due to its geographical proximity to four of the five Great North American Lakes—Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Additionally, it is the only state to have more than 60,000 ponds and inland lakes distributed across its lower and upper peninsulas; the Upper Peninsula is a popular tourist destination due to its breathtaking natural vistas. The ‘Big Three’—General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler—have established their headquarters in Michigan, an automotive state renowned for its automobile sector.

National Michigan Day: History

Presently situated in the Great Lakes region, Michigan is an upper-midwestern state in the United States. The name is derived from the French form of the Ojibwe term mishigami, denoting a sizable lake or water body. With approximately 97,000 square miles in area and a population of approximately 10.1 million, Michigan is the eleventh largest state by area and tenth largest by population. The state capital is located in Lansing, while the largest city is Detroit. The Upper Peninsula, also known as ‘the U.P.’, is divided from the Lower Peninsula (shaped like a mitten) by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge spans between the two peninsulas.


The French first looked into Michigan, which was rich in copper and iron, before the United States bought it in 1783 and it became a center of industrial activity. In the past, ferries transported people across the Straits of Mackinac to another peninsula. 1957 saw the construction of the Mackinac Bridge, which connected the two sides and improved the safety and convenience of the voyage. It ranks as the third-longest suspension bridge globally, measuring 26,372 feet in length. From logging and transportation to rail and automobiles, industry dominated Michigan in the early 20th century.

National Michigan Day 2024: FAQs

What is the official name of Michigan State?


The most common nickname for Michigan is “Great Lakes State.” Additionally, the state is referred to as “The Wolverine State,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Mitten State.”


For what is Michigan renowned?


Michigan is renowned for its forest and fishery industries. This is because 90% of the Upper Peninsula is forested and it has the longest freshwater coastline of any mainland United States at 3,288 miles.


Who is the spokesperson for Pure Michigan?


The State of Michigan started the Pure Michigan television advertising campaign in 2008. The campaign features the title melody from ‘The Cider House Rules’ and the voice of actor and comedian Tim Allen.

National Michigan Day 2024: Activities

Explore Michigan


Mackinac Island (including the Mackinac Bridge Museum), Mount Pleasant, Sculpture Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes, National Lakeshore, Frederik Meijer Gardens, and more await each visitor to this wonderful state. Rare natural phenomena abound in the Upper Peninsula; Detroit is replete with historical landmarks; and Lake Erie transforms into a natural winter wonderland in the dead of winter.


Utilize a car


Michigan is home to several of the most renowned automobile manufacturers in the United States. Commemorate National Michigan Day by cruising in a Ford, General Motors, or Fiat automobile.


Savor regional Michigan cuisine


Mackinac Island Fudge and Coney Island Hot Dogs are two of Michigan’s most renowned delicacies. Enjoy them to the fullest on National Michigan Day.

Five fascinating Michigan facts

It is the unofficial capital of golf.


The state has the greatest number of golf courses in the United States.


It has the largest quarry in the world.


The world’s most expansive limestone quarry is situated in Michigan.


The State of Michigan has a reptile.


The provincial reptile of Michigan is the painted turtle.


A floating post office is present.


J.W. Westcott II is the only floating post office in the world, located in Michigan.


Initial telephone numbers


Detroit’s virtuous citizens were the first American citizens to possess telephone numbers.

National Michigan Day: Dates

2024January 18Thursday
2025January 18Saturday
2026January 18Sunday
2027January 18Monday
2028January 18Tuesday
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