If it’s June the lilacs are in bloom on Mackinac Island. The lilac was first planted on the island during Victorian times and has thrived in the climate ever since. There are even some plants thought to be more than 150 years old. As early as 1949, residents celebrated Mackinac Island Lilac Day, and now that one day has turned into a 10-day festival of purple and white. The finale is a parade complete with marching bands, bicycles, and horse-drawn floats carrying the lilac queen and her court.
Historic Places of Interest on the Island
The Governors’ Summer House