5 Ways to Celebrate Michigan’s 177th Birthday

The state of Michigan turns 177 on Sunday! To help kick off Michigan’s birthday weekend, we asked Alex Beaton of The Awesome Mitten to share her recommendations on ways to celebrate.

Do you plan to celebrate Michigan’s birthday? Share with us in the comments section below!

Host a Michigan Birthday Party!

What better way to celebrate Michigan’s 177th Birthday than with a birthday party? Invite over some fellow Michiganders, drink Michigan beer, enjoy a plethora of MIchigan foods, play some Euchre – and our extra awesome “Michigan Bingo” that we’ve created just for the occasion! Not going to be in Michigan to celebrate the momentous event? Create a Google hangout with some other displaced Michiganders and enjoy all those activities virtually! We hosted our own and here’s the story about it.

Drink a Michigan beverage.

Michigan is home to several amazing drinks. Faygo and Vernors are some classic favorites, but in honor of Michigan’s 177th, branch out and try one of the newer Michigan pops; feel free to make your drink a little more adult with some local gin or whiskey. With Michigan’s craft beer industry booming, you also have the option to go to your favorite local specialty drink shop and create your own six pack of Michigan beers you haven’t tried before. And last but certainly not least, you can drink some of Michigan’s delicious wine! There are over 50 wineries in both Southwest and Northwest Michigan, so it’s easy to find something you’ll like that’s local too!

Enjoy some Michigan fudge or a pasty!

If there’s something Michigan does right, it’s food. For those with a sweet tooth, Michigan fudge is a must-have–grab some from Murdick’s in Traverse City or any Kilwin’s location across the state. If you’re looking for something a little more robust, try a pasty and argue with your friends about the pronunciation of this delicacy along with whether to top yours with ketchup or gravy.

Get outside!

We’re lucky in Michigan to have so many outdoor activities just outside our door! Even if you usually grumble about the snow and cold, take time on Michigan’s Birthday to be thankful for it: get outside and go ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, sledding, snowboarding, or just take a walk and revel in Michigan’s natural beauty. There are plenty of ski runs and hiking trails around the state–we’re certain there’s at least one near you.

Plan your next weekend getaway.

Thinking about staying home this spring break to save some money? Why not plan a long weekend somewhere in Michigan? Enjoy the wine trails in Traverse City, plan a craft beer weekend in Beer City USA (Grand Rapids), or head over the bridge and enjoy all the Upper Peninsula has to offer!

How will you be celebrating Michigan’s 177th Birthday? Comment below, or share on Instagram & Twitter using the hashtag #177YearsofAwesome!

Alex Beaton is the Founder of The Awesome Mitten. A Michigan native, she grew up in Traverse City, went to college in East Lansing, and now calls Grand Rapids home. A foodie and lover of Michigan craft beer, she enjoys going on weekend adventures throughout Michigan, which can be followed on the Awesome Mitten’s social media accounts:  FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

176 Years of Awesome: 5 Places to Celebrate Michigan’s Birthday

The state of Pure Michigan turns 176 on Saturday! To help kick off Michigan’s birthday weekend, we asked Kristin M. Coppens of The Awesome Mitten to share her recommendations on ways to celebrate.

Do you plan to celebrate Michigan’s birthday? Share with us in the comments section below!

In just a few days, the state of Michigan celebrates its 176th birthday on Saturday, January 26th.  January 26th marks the day when President Andrew Jackson signed the act to give Michigan its statehood. Celebrate with The Awesome Mitten throughout the state this Saturday, January 26th, at Michigan Birthday Tweet-ups in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City, and Marquette.  Below are 5 places, in 5 cities, to continue the birthday celebration!

Traverse City: 7 Monks Taproom

7 Monks Taproom brews beer from certified Trappist monks.  With 46 brews on tap (and wine too), 7 Monks is a classic Traverse City locale to ring in the 176th year of Michigan goodness. They also offer great burgers, pizzas, and bar snacks from their kitchen. This Saturday, on Michigan’s birthday, join 7 Monks and High Five Threads in their birthday celebration with $1 off 26 Michigan drafts and plenty of High Five Threads merchandise.

Lansing: Michigan Historical Museum

The Michigan Historical Museum holds a statehood day celebration every year to honor the history behind this mitten state. The museum honors Michigan’s birthday with documentaries, exhibits, crafts, and even birthday cake!

Detroit: Grand Trunk Pub

The Grand Trunk Pub comes from the building’s prior home of a ticket office for a nearby train company. The unique architecture holds true to the establishment’s past association with the railway industry and offers a dedication to Michigan products and history within. Grand Trunk Pub features great pub fare and a large selection of Michigan beers on tap.

Grand Rapids: Founders Brewing Co.

Founders Brewing Company boasts national accolades with their delicious Michigan craft beers and pub sandwiches.  The brews can be counted on to be flavorful, unique, and complex ales. As with most weeks, catch live music in the taproom on Saturday as a nightcap to your Michigan celebration.

Upper Peninsula: Michigan House Café & Brewery

In Calumet, the Michigan House Café & Brewery is home to décor, architecture, and murals that will make you feel like you have stepped back into the 19th century. Known for great burgers, Michigan history, and tasty brews, the Michigan House Café & Brewery is a great place to remember the past 176 years of our statehood.

Kristin M. Coppens is the Media Relations Director and a Feature Writer for The Awesome Mitten. She grew up in Ann Arbor, but has lived in Grand Rapids for the past 7 years. She is a Michigan foodie and advocates for “drink and eat local” whenever possible. A huge promoter of Grand Rapids, and our Mitten state as a whole, Kristin is grateful to call such a diverse, fun, and beautiful state her home.