The Mackinac Bridge Authority is flying the American flag on the Mackinac Bridge for Independence Day. (Photo courtesy of MDOT)
ST. IGNACE, MI – Old Glory is flying high for all to see this Independence Day. In observance of the Fourth of July, the Mackinac Bridge Authority has put up a giant American flag on the Mackinac Bridge.
The 30-foot by 60-foot flag is hanging from the bridge’s south tower. The Bridge Authority purchased it in 2016 just before Labor Day, but weather at the bridge did not allow it to be displayed until this past Memorial Day.
“The Authority is proud to honor the flag in this way, and we’re so pleased so many people shared in the experience,” said MBA Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney. “Weather at the Straits is unpredictable, but we look forward to future displays that can be enjoyed in person or through social media.”
The Bridge Authority says it plans to display the giant flag for five holidays each year, weather permitting: Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.
The flag is displayed in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code, which calls for the flag to be hung vertically over a street, with the union on the east.