Greatest 4th in the North

“Thru the Decades” at
The Greatest 4th in The North! 

July 3rd to July 6th, 2019

2019 is still being finalized
please check back for updates!








Annual Car Raffle 

2018 Greatest 4th in the North Raffle Winners!


Purchased from Festival Diamond Sponsor Classic Chevrolet



Little River Casino in Manistee, MI
Includes: Accommodations, Food Vouchers, & Fun Money!
Donated by EXIT Realty Land & Lakes



Original handmade dolls donated from our local artesian Gene Schooley. Although she is a local native, these dolls are sold all over the world. Gene has informed us she will be retiring soon, so this will be the last year the dolls are available.
We thank Gene for her many years of donating to the festival.


                           Official GFITN Raffle Ticket Sponsor










2K, 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run

Thursday, July 4th, 2019


Full Race results are posted online at,
Awards will be presented after the race.

Terry Thompson 15th Annual Memorial Beach Volleyball Tournament




For those of you who may not have known Terry Thompson, he and others were the founders and director of this tournament over 25 years ago.  Terry was also at one time the Lake City High School Volleyball coach, a teacher, upper elementary principal, referee, Lake City High School Athletic Director, a wonderful husband, father, and friend.  All profits from this tournament will be used for a scholarship fund in his name. Terry passed away on January 10, 2004, after a long battle with cancer.  He will always be missed and this tournament has become a special way to remember him and his contributions to our local youth.


Festival 2018 Platinum Sponsors







GFITN18 Program Cover Design

A tradition starting back in 1996; our Chamber asks our local High School Art Department to come up with a design for our GFITN program guide & T-Shirt art. We are happy to announce this year’s winner is Madeline “Maddie” Jimenez! You may recognize her name because she was our winner last year as well! Maddie is the daughter Ramiro & Jennifer Jimenez, she participates in volleyball and has taken art with Melissa Spence at Lake City High for the last 3 years. Although she has not quite decided on her future plans, she is interested in pursuing a degree in art.


Festival 2018 Gold Sponsors




Festival 2018 Silver Sponsors





Festival 2018 Bronze Sponsors




Star Sponsors

American Asphalt Paving, Inc.                                      Cardinal Creations
Everett Realty                                                                       Fox Motors of Cadillac
Independent Bank                                                              Lakeview Motel & Gift Shop
Lake City American Legion Auxiliary                          Stahl Event Barn



Firework Sponsors & Contributors

RED TIGER TAILS                                          WHISTLES & STARS
Lake Township                                                 Daryl & Carrie Adams
TJ’s Trucking                                                    In Memory of Jennifer Mulder
Judith Coebly & Gary Reutter
Team Eric, Nicole, & Gracie


In Honor of Chuck Quaderer                         Geoffrey & Terri Weller
The Okopny Family                                           Jim & Pat Spragg
Bernie Malewitz                                                 Jack & Mary Crawford
Jack & Ann Walker                                           Edwin & Christine Davenport           
JP & Lori Clover                                                 Jack & Janis Bails                  
The Gann Family                                               The Guidarini Family
Paul Lerg                                                               Judith Miller
Van & Judith McDonald                                  The Tobie Family
Lawrence & Gladys Baker                               Lance & Mary Lindwall            
Dixon & Patricia Grier                                     Roger L. Klein Family 
Don & Mary Brown                                           Greg & Jeanene Brandt     
Ron & Barbara Cassell                                     GFWC Lake City Women’s Club
Peter & June Farougi                                       Kris Patterson                           
Larry & Gail Meyer                                           Paul & Anna Bytz                             
Marcia Rackov                                                    Randy Thayer
Bill & Eileen Jones                                            Forest Township
Norwich Township                                            Lerg Contracting
Patrick Keegan                                                   Peter & Jody Schoeps
Baker-Zainea Families                                    Herbert & Judy Wybenga
The Lalik Family                                                Esther Keegan
Pearson Well Drilling                                     Young Funeral Home
Arletta’s Flowers                                              Pat & Lisa Riley
State Representative Daire Rendon         Bruce Rendon for State Senate

Wexford Missaukee Career Tech Center



Gary & Yvonne Bandelow                             Ellen Kolarik
Harry & Jeanette Sanborn                            Michael & Susan Thomas


Special Thanks to our 2018 Program Advertising Sponsors!
Please visit these area businesses while you are in town!





98.5 UPS – The Classic Hits Station
92.1 The Twister – Country’s Hottest Hits
Ann S.
Arlo Bartholomew
Ashley Smith
Brian Davis
Brigitte Post
Cadillac News & Missaukee Sentinel
Cadillac Truck Service
Carol M.
Carri Briseno
Casey Boyer
Cathy H.
Chelsea Root
Chris & Katy Huckle
City of Lake City & DPW Crew
Classic Chevrolet
Craft Show Participants
C & W Portables
Dan Paddock
Diane Helsel
Duff & Jane Leuder
Ed Olson
Fireworks Sponsors
Fireworks Volunteers
Gail C.
Gary & Sylvia Vanleeuwen
Gary & Bobbie Kline
Gary Piellusch
Gene Schooley
Ginny Blaszak
Glass Art Designs
Greatest 4th in the North Sponsors
Greg Gurka
Event Judges
Hot Traxx Entertainment
Ian Castle
James VanHaitsma
Jeff Hinkston
Jeff Lyle
Jeff & Laura Marion
Jenny Morrison
Jenny S.
Jill Thomas
Jim Bartholomew
Jody Graff with Cadillac News
John & Mistie Martin
Josh Bailey with Cadillac News
Julia Kobiska
Karrie Loney
Kevin & the Reid Family
K-Line Signs & Graphics
Kolby Helsel & Marine Solutions
Lake City Area Schools
Lake City Area School Art Students
Lake City Fraternal Order of Eagles
Lake City Fire Department
Laura O’Dell
Mackenzie Peterman
Maple Lane Cottages
Marcia Rackov
Marcia Z.
Marie Russell
Mark & Heather Beam
Michael Brock
Michelle Geiger
Michigan Air Gas
Mike Dunn
Missaukee County Parks
Missaukee County Sheriff’s Department
Missaukee County Administrators
Montage Media
Nancy T.
Nicole Colecchio
Nicole R.
Night Magic Displays
Paige Peterman
Patti Warner
Paul Tumminello
Peggy Wickstrom
Program Advertisers
Raffle Ticket Sellers
RE/MAX Land & Lakes
Rick & Jenny Benavides
Rob Gilles
Rob & Jenny Brown
Robert L.
Roger & Janet Klein
Sheryl Root
Susan Alderden
Susan Nees
Tammy Smith
Terry Trolz
The Young Family
Tim & Andrea Martin
Tom Redman
Tracy Greeley
Yvonne Bandelow

We sure hope we didn’t forget anyone! In the event that we did, please know that we appreciate all you do!