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On this day, we celebrate the amazing state of Michigan and all it has to offer. From the Great Lakes to the Motor City, there is so much to love about this diverse state. So join us in celebrating all things Michigan today!

History of National Michigan Day

Admitted to the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, Michigan is a state located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The name “Michigan” comes from the Ojibwe word “mishigami,” meaning “large water” or “large lake,” which is fitting because it’s well-known for its beautiful natural landscapes, including the Great Lakes, which provide a home to a variety of plants and animals. The state is also home to many urban areas, such as Detroit, which is known for its rich history in the automobile industry. Today, Michigan is a vibrant state with a robust economy and a bustling arts and cultural scene.

How to Celebrate National Michigan Day

National Michigan Day is celebrated January 18 every year throughout the state of Michigan, as well as by people who have a connection to or appreciation for the state. It is a day for people to come together and show their pride in Michigan. If you want to celebrate National Michigan Day, there are many ways you can do so. Here are a few suggestions:

Plan a trip to Michigan

Whether you live in Michigan or are visiting from out of town, there are so many great places to see in the state. You could visit the Great Lakes, take a tour of the Motor City, or check out the state’s many beautiful parks and nature preserves.

Learn about Michigan’s history

Michigan has a rich and diverse history. You could visit a museum or historical society, read a book about the state’s history, or take a guided tour of a local historic site.

Support Michigan businesses

Michigan is home to many great small businesses and entrepreneurs. On National Michigan Day, consider supporting these businesses by shopping local or dining at a locally-owned restaurant.

Share your love for Michigan

Whether you are a resident of the state or just a fan, National Michigan Day is a great opportunity to show your pride in Michigan. You could share photos of your favorite Michigan spots on social media, write a blog post about why you love the state, or create a Michigan-themed playlist or art project.

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