From outdoor events and festivals to long days at the beach and much more, summer means something special to everyone. Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what summer in Michigan means to you!
“Swimming in and boating on Lake Charlevoix, camping, Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, Torch Lake, and Walloon Lake sunsets!! I LOVE where I live!!” – Teena McKenney Haskin
“Driving down backroads at night racing with the lightning bugs, eating fresh blueberries and strawberries, hearing whip-poor-wills at night and the first lake swim of the season, among others. I love Michigan!” – Marlene Guyton
“Camping at the many state parks especially in the U.P., canoeing the Platte River, hiking endless miles of trails at Ludington State Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes, music at Interlochen, waterfalls and lighthouses, Higgins Lake, Warren Dunes, 4th of July fireworks on Silver Beach in St. Joseph and the Cherry Festival in Traverse City. So many great places….aaahhhhh Michigan how I love you!” -Tracy Weber
“Warm, breezy days, and yards filled with flowers. Fresh cherries and strawberries and watermelon! Fresh veggies from farmer’s markets too! Love the wonderful beaches along the west coast and the fun towns nearby, like Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Traverse City. Love the beautiful lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. Love camping and cottage time and meeting visitors from all over the country! Tiger’s games and visiting all the suburbs of Detroit and the cool restaurants and bars, like Madison’s in Mt. Clemens! Up north, “The Bridge”, Mackinac Island… Really, what’s not to LOVE about Michigan in summertime! OH! And the first day of summer is my birthday too! So there you go! PURE Michigan, simply the best!” -Susan Van Dyke Bowersox
“Sitting on the bluffs in South Haven, enjoying ice cream from Captain Nemo’s.” – Jan Walters
“Everything! The lakes, summer fruits and vegetables, Woodward Dream Cruise, art shows, festivals, family birthdays and get-togethers, 4th of July fireworks, lightening bugs, listening to the frogs at night, graduations, and more!” –Nancy Perkins
“Crystal clear blue water, beautiful forests, the smell of pine and sand between my toes. There’s no place like home in the mitten.” -Anita Hoogenstryd Boonstra
“Warm and beautiful days and cool evenings. Mustn’t forget the gazillion stars on a clear, summer night!” -Renee Cummins
“Concerts. Baseball. Exploring Up North. Classic cars, parades, and shows. Finding constellations in the starry sky. Fireworks over the water.” – Liz Rademacher
“What I love about summertime in Michigan is EVERYTHING!” – Whitney Reed
“The Grand Haven beach town feel. Just moved back after 10 years in Minnesota and now I take none of the luxuries and privileges of this town for granted!!” – Ben Pierce
“Campfires till really late under a starry sky, and warm sand to bury my feet in. Silver Lake duning!” – Terry Ellyatt Klein
Why do you love summer in Michigan?