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Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant

May 27th-29th , 2023

The longest running free Memorial Day historical program in the U.S. takes places in Mackinaw City, Michigan: the Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant. More than 400 cast members take part in the three-day pageant that brings to life the 1763 Fort Michilimackinac battle between the French, British, and Native Americans.

The cast members are clad in period costumes and demonstrate the way of life for residents of Northern Michigan in the 1760’s. A highlight of the weekend is the Memorial Day parade through the streets of Mackinaw City that includes more than 100 bands, acts, and floats.

Here's the typical schedule of events:

*All events are held within Fort Michilimackinac unless otherwise noted

Saturday

  • 9am – Fort Michilimackinac opens and Voyageurs shoot at the range at Wind Mill Farm. Rain Date is Sunday.
  • 1pm – Grand Memorial Parade, downtown Mackinaw City.
  • 3pm – 18th Century Fashion Show
  • 3:30pm – Pageant Reenactment
  • 8:30pm – Fireside Activities at the Voyageurs Camp
  • Dusk – Fireworks display over the water front state dock area.
  • After the fireworks – Camp Activities at the Voyageurs Camp.

Sunday

  • 9am – Fort opens
  • 9:30am – Voyageurs Knive & Hawk at the Voyageurs Camp
  • 10:30am – Voyageurs Children’s Game at Mackinaw City High School- 609 W. Central Ave., Mackinaw City.
  • 2pm – 18th Century Fashion Show
  • 2:30pm – Pageant Reenactment
  • 4:30pm – Voyageurs Competitions at the Voyageurs Camp.

Monday

  • 9am – Fort opens
  • 10am – Memorial Day Services at the Marina Park- 107 S. Huron Ave. and at Lakeview Cemetery- W. Central Ave.
  • 2pm – 18th Century Fashion Show
  • 2:30pm – Pageant Reenactment

Experience Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City’s location at the most Northern tip in the lower peninsula is the perfect destination for visitors. With Lake Michigan on one side and Lake Huron on the other side, this is a true Great Lake’s spot. Read the stories below or go to the Mackinaw City destination page.

Stay tuned for the schedule of events for the 2023 Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant!

For more information on the Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant, please contact the event organizer:
Fort Michilimackinac Pageant, Inc.


312 South Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI, 49701

(231) 420-8297

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