Greatest 4th in the North 2014


Greatest 4th in the North Image July 2 - July 6th, 2014

The 2014 Celebration begins Tuesday, July 2 and ends on Sunday, July 6th. The theme this year is "It's Kick-Off Time at the Greatest 4th in the North." 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 Friday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m.  The 2014 programs will be available here at the Chamber office, 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 2, 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 2014! Below were some highlights.


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 at the Town Pump Saloon from 5-7 p.m. The public is welcome to this kick-off! The Battle of the Bands will get started at 6 p.m.

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Wednesday,                                                          July 2, 2014

Karaoke Contests - Jr. Contest (ages 5-18) 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 perform for you at the Senior Competition. This year the craft show will be three days and they will be open from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at it's newer location in the United Methodist Church parking lot, walking distance from down town.

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Thursday,                                                             July 3, 2014

The Grand Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the Athletic Boosters host the 2K, 5K, and 10K beginning with 6:30 a.m. registration. Following the parade will be the traditional Ox Roast and Strawberry Festival. Emcee Paul Ellinger will take the stage right after the parade and keep entertainment on the stage all day and evening. On Stage at 12:00 p.m. you can catch the barbershop quartet Chordiology in concert, followed by Ronald McDonald, Mitch Goudy in Concert, a Pizza Eating Contest, Rosco the Clown, Hulla-Hoop & Limbo Competitions, the amazing Spoon Man and more! The evening brings Brian Nolf to the stage from 7-8 p.m. and finally the amazing talent of The Avalons from 8-10 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. the fireworks will light up the sky just off of Miltner Beach(M-66) on beautiful Lake Missaukee. 


Lake City Chamber Calendar

Friday,                                                                  July 4, 2014


Saturday Beach Volleyball starts out the day at the Missaukee County Park with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and games beginning at 11 a.m. Note, these are new times from the past years. If you picked up an application early it may have had the old times on it. Sorry, but the Missaukee County Park needed us to change it.  It's also Children's Day and their parade will line-up at the High School at 12:45 then end up at the City Park free stage to be entertained by Kevin Kammeraad & the Cooperfly Puppet Troup at 1:30 p.m. You will find the free stage full of entertainment throughout the day and the evening brings Allie Shermetaro in Concert at 7 p.m. followed by a familiar & popular cowboy, David Shelby singing his hit songs, "Kick a Little Dirt Around" and "Moonshine."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 839-7779, lots of fun especially for the participants!

Lake City Chamber Calendar

Saturday,                                                               July 5, 2014

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

of great fun.  Schmidt Amusements will be open from noon - 5 p.m.   "Celebrate Freedom" begins at 1 p.m. featuring the beautiful country Christian triplets "Red Roots" and more!          


Lake City Chamber Calendar

Sunday,                                                             July 6, 2014




2014 ENTERTAINERS: (click on websites for more info)


Schmidt Amusements

Rosco the Clown


Mitch Goudy

Brian Nolf

The Avalons

Kevin Kammeraad & the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe

Allie Shermetaro

David Shelby

Red Roots




Diamond Sponsor
Classic Ford & Chevrolet

Platinum Sponsors

Best Trash

Merritt Speedway

Susan Vignola, D.D.S.

Gold Sponsors

Chemical Bank

Voelker Implement Sales


Silver Sponsors

Baker College of Cadillac

Bella Rose Rehabilitation & Aquatic Center
Cadillac News

Coffee Cup Restaruant

Fifth/Third Bank

Food Factory & Pub

Foster's Super Market

Heritage Sustainable Energy

Hollywood Bar

Johnson Oil Company

Johnson's Propane Company

Lake City Manufacturing, LLC

Mercy Hospital

Tasty Treat

Town Pump Saloon

Venetian Blind Co. of Mid Michigan


Bronze Sponsors
A-One Insurance Agency

Allpro Technology

Colecchio Contracting

Gary Geiger Construction, Inc.

Glandhands Chiropractic

Lerg Contractinbg

Missaukee Sentinel

Missaukee Title Co.

Music Station

Northern Auto Lake City

Northern Lights Fireworks

Northern Michigan Servicestore, Inc.

Terry Coaster's State Farm Insurance

RE/MAX Professionals

VanDrie Home Furnishings

Whitetail Realty