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Skydiving Facilities near Charlotte and in North Carolina

Saturday May 31, 2014

Skydiving: it's the one thing most people have on their "bucket list." Fortunately, there are plenty of great places in North Carolina where you can fulfill this dream. If you're ready to fall from a perfectly good airplane at 120 miles an hour for a solid minute, followed by a peaceful 5 minute descent towards the ground, here are some of the best facilities around Charlotte and in North Carolina to skydive.

Hurricane Season in North Carolina

Saturday May 31, 2014

June 1 marks the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. June 1 to November 30 is the time when, at least in the Atlantic Ocean, hurricanes are most likely to form. This upcoming season isn't expected to be especially strong, but there are always some surprises. As the eyes of meteorologists turn towards storms churning through the ocean, here's a look back at North Carolina's history with hurricanes.

Public Pools and Water Fun in Charlotte

Saturday May 31, 2014

Summertime in Charlotte can get pretty hot, and probably the best way to beat the heat is to find the closest pool. If you're looking for somewhere to escape the sun, or just a pool to work out in for fitness, there are a variety of options in Charlotte. Here's a look at the best places to cool off this summer.

National Berry Month in North Carolina

Saturday May 31, 2014

June is national berry month. Did you know that North Carolina has an official state berry? We have two, actually - the strawberry and the blueberry. It seems like a highlight of this season for many people is heading out to farms across the state and  picking their own berries. If you're interested in getting berries straight from the source, here's a list of local farms where you can do just that:

Pick your own strawberries in North Carolina
Pick your own blueberries in North Carolina

Memorial Day in Charlotte

Monday May 26, 2014

Memorial Day weekend is busy in Charlotte. Of course, with all the happenings, don't forget to reflect on the true reason for the day: military men and women who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. Here's a list of celebrations around town, as well as a list of holiday openings and closings.

Memorial Day in Charlotte

 

Charlotte Liberty Walk

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Because "Meck Dec" Day just passed and because of the official renaming of our city's NBA franchise, you've likely heard the story of this city's association with the hornet's nest this week. Charlotte played host to some of the most critical events in the American Revolution, and you can check out a walking tour of these events (and other important places in Charlotte's history) on the Liberty Walk. It's a walking tour through Uptown Charlotte marked by pavers on the sidewalk that guide you to each spot. Use this as a guide from location to location, or just visit the Liberty Walk from your computer.

Take a tour of Charlotte's Liberty Walk

May 20 - Meck Dec Day!

Friday May 16, 2014

Ask someone when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and they may tell you July 4, 1776. But around the Charlotte area and Mecklenburg County, we've got a different answer. Did you know we signed our own declaration more than a year earlier? The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, regarded by some people as the very first declaration of independence in this country, was signed on May 20, 1775. The document is shrouded in controversy though, with some people questioning whether or not it's even real. Either way, it's a day to celebrate: Happy Meck Dec Day!

Click here for the story behind this document.

Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races

Friday May 16, 2014

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If you're around the  Lake Norman area this weekend, you might happen across a herd of dragons dashing across the lake. If you're wondering what's going on, it's the annual Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races. From authentic food to Asian goods and groceries to cultural exhibits to martial arts and live music, the festival celebrates Asian culture, ethnicity, roots and history. As for the dragon boat festival, heats begin in the morning and continue all day. What exactly is a dragon boat? Click here to find out more!

Click here for everything you need to know about the festival.

 

Cinco de Mayo in Charlotte

Wednesday April 30, 2014

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo next week (which is not Mexico's independence day, like many people think), here's a look at some of the best Mexican restaurants in Charlotte. Whether you're looking for "hole in the wall" authentic, or Mexican food with a twist, there's a variety of flavors to try.

 

2014 Speed Street Schedule

Wednesday April 30, 2014

The month of May usually signals the start of festival season in Charlotte, and none of those festivals are bigger than Speed Street - the festival that accompanies the Coca-Cola 600. One of the Southeast's biggest festivals, it features live music, interactive exhibits, food, activities, interactive exhibits, appearances by NASCAR drivers and other celebrities, and of course, cars. And the best part? It's all free. Speed Street 2014 kicks off May 22.

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