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Sault Ste. Marie Michigan’s 350th Anniversary

Posted on December 6th, 2017

Sault Ste. Marie will be celebrating its 350th Anniversary in 2018, and we want you to join the party!

The festivities start December 31, 2017, with the Family Fun on New Year’s Eve outdoor event in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Join us from noon-3pm for snowshoe racing, crafts, games, and of course hot cocoa. 

You don’t have to travel to New York City to see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, just venture to Sault Ste. Marie. Join the crowd at 11:45 PM at the intersection of Ashmun St. and Portage Ave. to watch the dazzling countdown sponsored by the Soo Co-Op Credit Union.

Some people ring in the New Year with champagne, but you can toast 2018 with a custom handcrafted beer from Upper Hand Brewery. Their 350th Anniversary Light Michigan Lager will debut at the Alpha across the street from the ball drop!

The city of Sault Ste. Marie isn’t the only anniversary worth celebrating in 2018 – the I-500 Snowmobile Race will welcome their 50th season in the new year! The Sault Events, Inc. will commemorate the milestone with the help of at least 1,048 snowmobilers as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest snowmobile parade on February 1. Interested in being one of the 1,048 sleds? Register here.

If you prefer warmer weather – join us for the 350th Festival in July! We will celebrate with lots of food, kid and teen zones, military appreciation, historical information, cultural festivities, and other family events.

Stick around after the festival and immerse yourself in history with Rendezvous in the Sault July 28-29. This living history event, filled with cannon fire and the daily lives of 1600-1800th-century military and civilian reenactors, is the perfect ending to a week-long festival celebrating Sault Ste. Marie. 
Rendezvous in the Sault

No matter what time of the year you visit the Soo there’s a good chance you will get to be a part of one of the many events planned to help celebrate 350 years. Check out the Master List here for a full year of great activities. Round out your Sault Ste. Marie experience with the many attractions, restaurants, and hotels we have to offer. Start planning your Sault Ste. Marie adventure today!