Greatest 4th in the North 2015


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July 1-5, 2015


The 2015 Celebration begins Wednesday, July 1 and ends on Sunday, July 5th. The most commonly asked questions concerning the festival are: "When are the fireworks and when is the Grand Parade?" To answer these questions, the fireworks are ALWAYS on July 4. The Grand Parade is also always on July 4, EXCEPT…when the 4th falls on a Sunday, which it does not this year, so the Grand Parade will be Saturday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m.  The 2015 programs will be available here at the Chamber office in area businesses & Michigan Welcome Centers in May.

Click here to view the
Greatest 4th in the North 2015 Program

Click here to get info/applications to be an exhibitor

Click for the karaoke contest rules.


We hope that the Grand Parade and Fireworks aren't the only reasons you want to come to the Greatest 4th in the North, because we have lots of great events that take place, including lots of FREE entertainment. Every evening, beginning on Wednesday evening, July 1, you will find everything from the Battle of the Bands, $1000 Karaoke Contest and professional entertainment shows on the City Park Free Stage.  The reason it is free for you and your family to attend is because of our wonderful sponsors. So if you catch a main stage act, or maybe a clown, or a magician, be sure to thank our sponsors if you see them. Better yet, we encourage you to go visit their business and thank them, because if it wasn't for their support you would not see any of these great entertainers! You will find the entertainers names along with a direct web link below so you can preview them on the web.

We hope you pick up a program with a complete schedule of events so you don't miss a thing! They are also free, because of our advertisers and sponsors. You will find them in the Michigan Welcome Centers, other Chamber's, area businesses, in the City Park Information booth during the festival and of course at the Chamber office. You can also view the program right here on our web site. We hope to see you here in 2015! Below were some highlights. Much more will be added as we get a little closer.


The Vendors will be opening up at 5 p.m. and Schmidt Amusements carnival will have special prices of $1 a ride! Business After 5 will be at the American Legion, Post #300 in downtown Lake City from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to this event and there will be food, a 50/50, door prizes and a chance to network and meet the locals! The Battle of the Bands will get started at 6 p.m. at the City Park Free Stage.

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Wednesday,                                                          July 1, 2015

Karaoke Contests - Jr. Contest - New This Year!  We will be dividing up the junior contest into two age groups,5-12 and 13-17.  So we will also be giving out 3 more trophies! The fun begins at 11 a.m. and three winners are awarded in each catagorie and they will receive cash prizes and trophies, then on to the the last opportunity to get into the Sr. finals at 2 p.m., at our last preliminary. That evening at 7 p.m. we have the final competition with $700 as grand prize, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. the winners of the Jr. contests will also have the chance to perform for you at the Senior Competition. All competitions take place at the City Park Free Stage.

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Thursday,                                                             July 2, 2015

Friday Beach Volleyball starts out the day at the Missaukee County Park. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. ant the games begin at 10 a.m. The Venetian Parade should be floating by about 9 p.m. If you want to join in on the fun with your boat call Bob or Lori Larsen at 920-4127, lots of fun especially for the participants! This year the craft show will be two days and they will be open from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church parking lot, just 2 blocks east of main st. There will be lots of signage up to direct you.  Friday the entertainment just keeps on coming with Rosco the Clown, Rick Kelley, Cinderella, Midnight Chow and country artist Chris Higbee!

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Friday,                                                                  July 3, 2015


The Athletic Boosters host the 2K, 5K, and 10K beginning with 6:30 a.m. registration. The Grand Parade begins at 10 a.m. Following the parade will be the traditional Ox Roast and Strawberry Festival. Pizza Eating Contests, Rosco the Clown, Hulla-Hoop & Limbo Competitions and more! Saturday is jam packed with entertainment including the Petosky Steel Drum Band, Princess Elsa, the Swift Brothers and good-ole-rock-n-roll from Sierra Shame! This will be the second and last day of the craft show. Fireworks will be set off from the Chambers barges off Miltner Beach, right of M-66 at 10:30 p.m.!

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Saturday,                                                               July 4, 2015

Don't think the celebration is over yet, because we have one more day to go with Celebrate Freedom" begining at 1 p.m. at the City Park Free Stage with Kayla Zuiderveen a worship leader beginning the afternoon then onto the entertainment with the DavidYonkerBand, Wyatt & Amber Howey and 4 One Quartet. A day packed with worship, fun and excellent entertainment!  The vendors won't be packing up until 5 p.m.


Lake City Chamber Calendar

Sunday,                                                             July 5, 2015




2015 ENTERTAINERS: (click on websites for more info)


Schmidt Amusements

Rosco the Clown

Chris Higbee

Sierra Shame

Swift Brothers

Rick Kelley

Midnight Chow

Petoskey Steel Drum Band


Princess Elsa



Diamond Sponsor
Classic Ford & Chevrolet

Platinum Sponsors

Best Trash

Susan Vignola, D.D.S.

Merritt Speedway

Gold Sponsors


Fifth/Third Bank

Heritage Sustainable Energy

Silver Sponsors

A & L Trading Post

Bella Rose Rehabilitation & Aquatic Center

Cadillac News

Chemical Bank - Cadillac

Chemical Bank - Lake City

Coffee Cup Restaurant

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors

Food Factory & Pub

Hollywood Bar

Lake City Manufacturing

Munson Hospital of Cadillac

Sons of the American Legion, Post #300

Tasty Treat

Town Pump Saloon

Valley Farms Supply

Venetian Blind Co. of Mid Michigan

Bronze Sponsors

AllPro Technology
A-One Insurance Agency

Bader & Sons Co.

Ball Construction

Colecchio Contracting

Fox Motors of Cadillac

Geiger Construction

Gladhands Chiropractic

Lake City Outdoor Power Equipment

Lerg Contracting

Missaukee Sentinel

Missaukee Title Co.

Music Station

Northern Auto-Lake City

Northern Michigan Servicestore

Terry Coaster's State Farm Insurance

VanDrie Home Furnishings

Whitetail Realty

Raffle Ticket Sponsor: Foster's Super Market

Official Accomodations Sponsor: Super 8 Hotel, Houghton Lake

Fireworks Sponsors

Blue Glittering Waterfalls - Mix 96 FM - THe Ticket 93.7 & WATT 1240 AM

Red Tiger Tails - Lake Township

Whistles & Stars - Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors

                           Northern Lights Fireworks

                           Johnson Oil