The Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce welcome you as our guest to the Greatest 4th in the North celebration as you meet up with old friends and make new ones. You will want to remember your lawn chair or a blanket to sit in the City Park, as we have great FREE entertainment for everyone to enjoy. The celebration is filled with activities for all ages to participate.  Our Independence Day events includes present day allure with past day charm. 

We have something to please everyone in the family including Pancake BreakfastAnnual 2K,5K10K Run, Art & Crafts in the ParkPatriotic Parade, we will be having a Kids Bike & Pet Decorating Contest Parade, Novelty Dog ShowLive Music at Lakeside stage, Kids Day, Adult  Beverage Tent, Boat Parade, Volleyball Tournament, Vendors & Food Trucks. On the evening of the 4th enjoy Fireworks over Lake Missaukee! We have much more to share and do please check back for updates and more schedule details. 

Come early or stay late!  Thank you for choosing Lake City to spend your holiday!


2019 Sponsor

Thank you to our sponsors who make the festival such a huge success each year.

Downtown Lake City

Official Greatest 4th in the North Broadcast Station

2019 Official Art Design

GFITN19 Winning Design

Every year, the Chamber reaches out to our local high school art students and asks them to dream up a design that they feel best encompasses our chosen theme based on a few criteria. Once completed, that artwork
is submitted to our festival committee, and from there, the designer is then selected based on their original work. We are proud to announce this year’s 2019 winner is Kaitlyn Booms. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Scott & Amy Booms. She is a senior at Lake City High School and has been a student in Melissa Spence’s Art Class for the last 4 years. Kaitlyn is also one of our Valedictorians this year, she plans to attend Kirkland Community College in the Fall and study Surgical Technology.  We asked Kaitlyn what her favorite thing about the Greatest 4th in the North is “even though I love how the 4th brings our entire community together, my favorite part is definitely the fireworks”.

Festival Activities

We have a variety of vendors with new merchandise, your favorite festival foods & more! Some vendors may be open starting Wednesday afternoon
& or evening.

Vendor Alley (Corner of Main & Prospect Streets)
City Park Parking Lot surrounding the Shepler Event Tent

Merrit Speedway All Star Monster Truck Show

For the first time ever, The All-Star Monster Truck Tour invades Merritt Speedway for one huge night of monster truck carnage! See the nation’s biggest and best monster trucks compete in trick contests, racing & a freestyle battle! For ticket information, visit
4430 E. Houghton Lake Road

Business After 5

Public is welcome to join us for Business After 5 as the kick-off
GFITN19! Hosted by the LC Taphouse, you can enjoy hors d’oeuvre featuring some of our delicious local cuisines! We are excited to have the duo of Empty Canvas joining us this year, each attendee gets a chance to offer a brushstroke to help us create a one-of-a-kind Lake City featured portrait! The Chamber will then be conducting a silent auction throughout the event and the winner with the highest bid will be announced on Saturday afternoon (07/06) 330p on the Main Stage! All proceeds raised will go towards upcoming Greatest 4th in the North’s. Network & socialize with area business owners, organizations, & community members. There will be a cash bar, & you must be 21 with a valid ID to enter the Shepler Event Tent during serving hours.
Cost for Business After 5 is $3 for members of the Chamber and $5 for Non-members.
Shepler Event Tent

Empty Canvas

Every fall, staff from our Chamber attend the Michigan Festival & Events conference. It was at that conference a few years back that we met twin brothers from Midland, Mike & Scott McMath. They offer a unique type of entertainment that we thought would be a perfect fit to kick off the festivities! The brothers perform great cover songs & fun originals as a background while they work with the crowd to complete a one-of-a-kind painting.
The painting will then be available to bid on with the winner announced Saturday night, July 6th at 8p.
Shepler Event Tent & City Park Free Stage

Midwest Dueling Piano’s

Midwest Dueling Pianos offers a wildly entertaining music & comedy show that we know you will love as much as we do! That’s exactly why we have invited them back for the 3rd year in a row! This group provides an all-request driven show that spans generations. Based in Michigan, their teams of players have played all around the country. Join us in officially kicking off this year’s celebration!
City Park Free Stage

Lake City Athletic Boosters Annual Race

Attention Running Enthusiasts! What a great way to start your 4th of July day! You can choose from a 2K, 5K Run/Walk, or a 10K Run! After the race enjoy refreshments in our City Park & take in our annual 4th of July Grand Parade down Main Street! You can pre-register until July 2nd online at
Full Race results are posted online at,
Awards will be presented after the race.
Downtown City Park

Annual Masonic Center #408
Pancake Breakfast

You won’t want to miss this most loved annual breakfast under a
tent at our Mason Center! They offer all of your breakfast favorites served up hot & fresh!
$6 Donation – Kids 10 & under FREE
201 Prospect Street (Corner of Prospect & Canal Street)

Grand Parade

Everybody loves a parade and our Greatest 4th in The North
Grand Parade is a staple of our festival! This year we are happy to welcome Q100.3 Radio Personality Jomama as our announcer!
SAFETY is always of the utmost importance when we think of the parade,
so we ask that you please make sure your children stay on or behind the street curbs.  You will want to come early, as traffic will be detoured from the parade route beginning as early as 930a.  We also ask that, unless there is an emergency, please do not drive your car across the parade route until the entire parade has ended. This can especially be a problem where the parade ends on Russell Street where all the entries will have the right away, so please be patient.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation to ensure a pleasurable experience for everyone. Rain or shine, the Grand Parade goes on! The line-up begins at 830a on Fairlane Street then proceeds to Al Moses Road and to Broadway Street.  The parade will then turn south on Main to Union, then north on Huron, ending at the east end of the High School. To get to the line-up area please use M-66 to Randall Road (next to the cemetery) then turn left onto Fairlane.

Lake City Senior Center Annual Strawberry Festival

The tradition continues! Our Senior Center hosts it’s annual delicious Strawberry Social complete with all the fixings! Purchase homemade items and enter drawings to win Gift Baskets.

120 E. John Street (Across from the Post Office)

Bouncers & More!
Hosted by: Lake City Area Fire Departments

The kids can enjoy bouncers, games, dunk tanks, & more hosted by our area Fire Departments for a donation. Proceeds raised support Project Christmas.
Downtown Open Space (old Willard House lot

Ox Roast

The Knights of Columbus #8556 hosts one of our longest 4th of July traditions. Hurry and get your sandwiches before they’re gone!

St. Stephen Church
506 E. Lincoln Street

Arts & Crafts Show

3 days of Arts & Crafts available for sale from various artists!
The Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 29th annual Greatest 4th in the North Arts & Crafts Show. 
Missaukee District Library Parking Lot

Rosco the Clown

Our favorite clown Rosco will be
back this year to participate
in our Grand Parade, lead our Kids Parade & entertain you on
stage while strolling around the festival.  Rosco’s family fun
magic, hilarious jokes, quick wit, and expert balloon sculpting has tickled audiences for more than 25 years & we are proud to have him as one of our GFITN staples!
City Park & Free Stage

Shepler Event Tent

Relax & enjoy yourself in our official libation station at the Greatest 4th in the North! Proceeds raised support our future 4th of July celebrations!
A $5.00 wrist band grants your entry for the day during our operating hours. Chamber members pay only $3.00 (remember your card).
With a cash bar, you can enjoy a selection of your favorite domestic beers, Michigan Craft Brews, & Wine.
You must be 21 years old to enter with a valid photo ID.
Shepler Event Tent

Tyler Roy in Concert

Tyler is a singer-songwriter & artist from Battle Creek. He has written songs with hit songwriter Jimbeau Hinson. When he is not performing, he is a music teacher in Kalamazoo. The proud father of a beautiful daughter, he has just recorded 4 of his original songs in Nashville. When he is not performing or working, you can find him on a lake with family & friends.
Music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, & more!

Merritt Speedway’s $5000 to Win
B-Mod Special!

Celebrate our nation’s birthday with this packed racing program!
For ticket information, visit
4430 E. Houghton Lake Road

North44 in Concert

North44 is a local based band performing your favorite rock,
blues, along with some R&B as they take you through the decades! The band is made up of Dave Stoutenburg, Bob Rushing, Geoff Harrison,
& Chuck Lund. or call (586) 709-5218.
City Park Free Stage

The Puffer Brothers & Company

A local favorite playing a variety of all your favorite hits including classic country.
City Park Free Stage

Seth Bernard in Concert

Born and raised in Lake City on Earthwork Farm, Seth was brought up in the folk and farmstead culture with an enriching integrative
experience of the arts, agriculture, and community. Seth is a prolific
songwriter and recording artist with 12 solo albums and a dozen more collaborative projects in his catalog. He’s won 8 Jammie awards as a recording artist and producer
and has been a longtime iconic leader and steward of Michigan’s music community. Seth hosts an annual Harvest Gathering that is attended by thousands right here in Missaukee County, September 20th-22nd. For information or tickets visit:
City Park Free Stage

Fireworks over Lake Missaukee

The Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce & Night Magic Displays has put together a spectacular Fireworks display over Lake Missaukee for you this year!  The fireworks are launched from our locally & custom-built barge, which was constructed by a group of locals that love the 4th of July!  It is because of that construction that we are able to light our fireworks off only 1,000 feet from Miltner Beach, right on M-66! We thank you all for your time and contribution over the years. The fireworks are paid for by generous contributions from our businesses, organizations, residents, and visitors.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fireworks, donations are always welcome at the Chamber office.  In the
case of extreme inclement weather, the rain date for the fireworks will be Friday, July 5th at dusk (around 1030p).  Thank you to Marine Solutions, the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Lake City, and our Barge Committee for all their assistance and cooperation, this really is a joined effort! 

Lake City Evangelical Presbyterian Church Bake Sale

Sponsored by Men’s Fellowship Prayer Group & Ladies Outreach, you can find a little of all your baked good favorites!
5804 W. Houghton Lake Road 

Kid’s Day at The Greatest 4th in the North

This fun-packed
day features a children’s parade, entertainers
Rosco the Clown, Clark the Juggler, The Michigan Stiltwalker,
Bouncers, Games, Activities & More!

Kid’s Parade

Line-up in the circle drive of the Lake City High School. The parade will then proceed west on Russell Street across M-66 (Main Street) to Front Street, then South on Front Street & ending at the City Park. This year’s theme is “Thru the Decades” and kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite style from years past! Whether it’s a costume, decorated bikes, riding skateboards, or on roller skates, it’s all fun! (PLEASE NO ANIMALS). After the parade, the kids will receive a little snack with a drink and also & be entered to win a bike!

Clark the Juggler

Clark Lewis is a professional juggler originally from Lake City. Clark has been featured at various festivals and events over! His high energy shows include juggling, balancing acts, flow arts, danger, comedy, and various stunts with high visual impact that’s fun for all ages.
City Park & Free Stage

The Michigan Stiltwalker Neil Sauter

People began calling Neil, who has mild cerebral palsy,
“The Michigan Stiltwalker” back in 2008 when he walked
832 miles across Michigan on stilts, helping to raise over
$85,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan.  He’s the
only stiltwalker in Michigan to have been featured in
Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and has the world’s fastest time for a marathon on stilts. Neil is also quite the balloon artist,
kids of all ages will enjoy his amazing creations!
City Park & Free Stage

Kid’s Paint & Smile

Create your own one-of-a-kind painting!
$10 includes supplies & instruction. To reserve your seat call or text (817) 808-5973
Hosted by: That One Place
Shepler Event Tent

Kid’s Karaoke Take Over

Essentially an open mic for kids that enjoy singing karaoke!
Just need to sign up at the stage area and choose your song,
you can perform on the City Park Free Stage!
City Park Free Stage

Merritt Speedway $5 Admission & Fireworks

Annual Fan Appreciation Night at the Speedway with a $5 general admission & fireworks at northern Michigan’s premier
dirt track!
This night has a history of selling out, so you will want to get there early!
For ticket information visit:
4430 E. Houghton Lake Road

Boogie Dynomite

Boogie Dynomite is a multimedia disco tribute band with thunderous boogie in their bell-bottoms. They arrive in all the splendor the 70’s Disco era has to offer. Singing all of your favorite dance tunes from the ’70s & even some from the ’80s, they will have you movin’ & groovin’.
City Park Free Stage

Class of 98′

It’s a 90’s party! The Class of 98’ brings back all things 90’s all wrapped up in a live performance that keeps you on your feet and moving with all the old jams you know and love! If you grew up in the ’90s or just love the music, you won’t want to miss one of the hottest tribute acts in the Mid-West.
City Park Free Stage

Missaukee Conservation Club Breakfast

This very popular community breakfast serves up all your favorites including eggs made to order! Adults $5/Kids 12 & Under $3
1431 N. Morey Road (North on M-66)

Lake City Evangelical Presbyterian Giant Garage Sale

Sponsored by Men’s Fellowship Prayer Group & Ladies
Outreach, find an array of items for sale!
5804 W. Houghton Lake Road

Terry Thompson 15th Annual Memorial Beach Volleyball Tournament

This will be the 33rd year that the “Greatest Fourth in the North”
has had a beach volleyball tournament and the 15th year for the
Terry Thompson Memorial Beach Volleyball Tournament. Mr.
Thompson, along with other teachers & community members were the founders and directors of this tournament.  Mr.
Thompson was also at one time not only a mentor to many
students; he was the High School volleyball coach, a teacher,
the upper elementary principal, a referee, and the Lake City
High School athletic director.  Terry passed away on on January 10, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.  Proceeds from this tournament go to the Terry Thompson Scholarship Fund which is awarded to Lake City High School Volleyball athletes every year.  You can sign up for as a Co-Ed 4 Person, or Co-Ed 6 Person team.  The cost is $40 per team if pre-registered, $50 on the day of the
tournament.  Winners of each division will receive a medal. Even if you are pre-registered, you must check in with the tournament director at 9a.  Game time will begin at 10a at the Missaukee County Park beach.
Missaukee County Park

Diamond in the Ruff Novelty Dog Show

Our Missaukee Humane Society was established in 1989
and is the only animal shelter in Missaukee County; it operates solely on donations, grants, and fundraising.
We are happy to welcome Freedom Kennels & Training Center to our celebration
this year as they present a “Diamond in the Ruff”
Novelty Dog Show. Come join
Freedom Kennels, the MHS staff, volunteers,
& dog owners from across Michigan as they compete in competitions such as
Most obedient, Best agility, Best Jr. Handler, Prettiest Girl, Handsome Hunk, Cutest Puppy, Best Dressed-Most Creative Costume, Best Trick, Best Looking Ole’ Timer, Best Rescue.
For early registration or more information visit:
City Park Free Stage

Steel Syndicate (Roscommon Steel Drum Band)

We are excited to welcome back the Roscommon Steel Drum Band to the Greatest 4th in the North! Under the direction of Seth Kilbourn and celebrating their 19th year, this group was founded on the premise that rock & roll is king. They perform a very impressive live show every year that is featured on
Q100.3, which is actually where we discovered them. We know you won’t want to miss this fun-packed performance!
City Park Free Stage

Silent Auction Winner Announcement

You can bid starting Wednesday night on a one-of-a-kind original Lake
City portrait created by Empty Canvas and our residents! Proceeds raised to
support this festival.

Steak-O at the Lake City Eagles

Love to play the game of Bingo? Then you will love Steak-O!
It’s a fun twist on traditional Bingo, except you win
delicious local Ebel’s steaks! Open to the public!
4154 W. Houghton Lake Road

Paint & Sip

Create your own individual piece of artwork featuring
Michigan. Cost is $25 that includes your supplies & instruction.
To reserve your seat, call or text (817) 808-5973
Hosted by: That One Place
Shepler Event Tent

Jive At Five

Michigan’s favorite swing band! Inspired by the small combo traditions of the legends of 1930-1960 swing and jazz legends, Jive At Five gets the room swinging from the first note. Formed in 1992, Jive At Five features Michigan musical
veterans Tom T. Ball on upright bass, Mark Schrock on electric guitar and vocals, Frank Youngman on trumpet,
archtop acoustic guitar and vocals, Charlie Walmsley on keyboards and vocals, Gene Harris on saxophone,
Dan Giacobassi on saxophone and flute, and Dave Zerbe on drums. Over the years Jive at Five has recorded three CDs and has performed at hundreds of concerts, workshops, dances, receptions, clubs, parties and festivals.
City Park Free Stage

The Blue Leafs in Concert

The Greatest 4th in the North welcomes back The Blue Leafs!
The group is made up of 4 members playing music from the 1950’s all the way up to today. Known for standing room only local performances, you will want to get to the City Park early!
On drums, a local homegrown & veteran Bill Heck, his son
Chase singing back up & on the bass guitar, Adam Clark on vocals & guitar, & Coleman Clark on vocals & keyboards.
Follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube.
City Park Free Stage

Merritt Speedway’s All American Late Model Tour to win $5,000

Cap off the weekend with another stacked show of racing at the Speedway! 
For ticket information, visit
4430 E. Houghton Lake Road

Parade of Boats

Show us your favorite decade by decorating your boat or any water transportation as we travel “Thru the Decades” around Lake Missaukee with your hosts Angie & Lori! There is no fee to enter this fun parade on the water, but you can win a $50 cash prize for
Best in Show. Meet at the downtown City Docks 8p to register, the parade will make a tour around Lake Missaukee & end back at the dock!
Downtown City Dock

ROCKSTAR in Concert

The ultimate 80’s Rock Experience! ROCKSTAR “The International 80’s Rock Sensation” recreates the sights, sounds, energy, and excitement of an 80’s rock show. You’ll hear all the great hair band hits of the ’80s performed so well; you’ll think you’re
listening to the original artists themselves!
City Park Free Stage


Worship service celebrating the 4th of July Lake City United Methodist Church (301 E. John Street)

Singing, Testimonials, & Music
Sponsored by The Clam River Prayer Project
City Park

Evangelical Presbyterian Church Independence Day Worship

Outdoor worship under the trees!
Featuring music by Feast of Trumpets!
5804 W. Houghton Lake Road      

Evangelical Presbyterian Church Outdoor Summer Concert

4-One Quartet performs!
Free Will Donation
5804 W. Houghton Lake Road

Firework Sponsors & Contributors


A-One Agency
Chris Anderson
Tom & Jan Anderson
Jack & Janis Bails
Baker-Zainea Families
Greg & Jeanene Brandt
JP & Lori Clover 

Edwin & Christine Davenport
Peter & June Farougi  
Gann Family              
Dixon & Patricia Grier 
Bill & Eileen Jones   
Lance & Mary Lindwall  
Missaukee Trail Blazers
Norwich Township          
Okopny Family   
In Honor of Chuck Qadeer                
Kris Patterson
Pat & Lisa Riley                                             
Stahl Event Barn
Randy Thayer
Jack & Mary Tobie
Jack & Ann Walker   
Geoffrey & Terri Weller