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 2014 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 3 p.m. along with Schmidt Amusements carnival.Schmidt Amusements carnival with special arm band prices of only $12! Business After 5 will be announced at a latter time. The Battle of the Bands will get started at 6 p.m.

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Wednesday,                                                          July 1, 2015

Karaoke Contests - Jr. Contest - New This Year!  We will be deviding 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 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 winner of the Jr. contest will also have the chance to perform for you at the Senior Competition.

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!

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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 Contest, 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.

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Saturday,                                                               July 4, 2015

Don't think the celebration is over yet, because we have one more day           

"Celebrate Freedom" begins at 1 p.m. at the City Park Free Stage.  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.

Gold Sponsors


Fifth/Third Bank

Heritage Sustainagble Energy

Silver Sponsors

Cadillac News

Coffee Cup Restaurant

Food Factory & Pub

Foster's Super Market

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
A-One Insurance Agency

Bader & Sons Co.

Ball Construction

Colecchio Contracting

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