Labor Day walk returns to the Mighty Mac; 21,000 join

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) – More than 20,000 people participated Monday in the Labor Day walk on the Mackinac Bridge, an annual event that was canceled last year because of COVID-19.

Officials say attendance was down compared to past years but there still were “thousands of very happy faces” on the bridge between the Lower and Upper peninsulas.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led the pack.

The bridge closed at 6:30 a.m. and reopened just before noon. The walk has been an annual event since 1958 with the exception of 2020.

People had many options: They could walk the entire bridge, walk to the middle and return to St. Ignace or Mackinac City or make a 10-mile round trip.