Whether it's the NASCAR race and all the festivities surrounding it, family cookouts, local pools opening, or just a three day weekend to kick off summer, 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. At the bottom of this page, you'll find a list of closings for Memorial Day in Charlotte.
2013 Patriot Festival
Monday, May 27
Start off Memorial Day with a special 5K+ Run/Walk and Go The Extra Mile for our military heroes. Participants may register for either the traditional 5K+ run/walk or choose to honor their military heroes with “Go the Extra Mile” with an additional mile added to the 5K. Once the race is over, head to Symphony Park for the awards ceremony and the Patriot Festival from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will featuring a parachute jump, JROTC performances and lots of fun activities for kids. The event is free and open to the public.
Speed Street 600 Festival
Taking place May 23 to May 25 in the streets of Uptown, the Speed Street 600 Festival features appearances, autograph sessions and demonstrations from some of NASCAR's best drivers and pit crews. If you can't make the race, this is your next best option. Even if you're not a NASCAR fan, you'll enjoy Speed Street! Check out the complete Speed Street schedule of events.
NASCAR Coca-Cola 600
NASCAR is heavily entrenched in Charlotte, with the majority of NASCAR teams and drivers making their homes here. Two of the year's most anticipated events always hit Charlotte around Memorial Day. Sunday, May 26 will mark the 54th running of the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There's always a stunning pre-race tribute to the military that you absolutely don't want to miss. The Sprint All-Star Race is always the week before, and May 18 will bring NASCAR's best to Charlotte to race 100 laps for $1 million.
Waxhaw Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Military Wall of Honor
Monday, May 27
Honor American Heroes in Waxhaw with an educational ceremony at the Military Wall of Honor on Main Street. Learn about and watch military tradition unfold. Listen to personal stories about local veterans and take time to honor those who have sacrificed for the freedom of all. The guest speaker for the event will be U.S. Navy Veteran and host of Freedom’s Voices Internet show, Loyd Pennington. Special guest, Private Stephen Sutton will be in attendance after just having returned from duty in Afghanistan. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
Saturday, May 25
Levine Museum of the New South
Free Performances from community groups, artists talks, sessions on military history, exhibits, family crafts, airbrush tattoos and more.
Statesville Community Band Memorial Day Concert
Monday, May 27
Mitchell Community College
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a concert of patriotic music at this annual event. The group is directed by Jack Horner. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Shearer Hall.
Every Memorial Day weekend, Charlotte parks open up their spraygrounds. Essentially a small park with water spouts and splash areas, they're great for kids to cool off (and they're on soft surfaces). The spraygrounds are great for children that may be a bit too small for the pool, or those who just aren't ready. Nevin Park, Cordelia Park, Latta Park, Veterans Park and West Charlotte Recreation Center Park all have spraygrounds.
Huntersville Memorial Day Ceremony
Stop by Birkdale Village on Monday, May 27 at 7 p.m. for Huntersville's 11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. There will be music from the Central Piedmont Community Chorus, a flag folding ceremony from the North Mecklenburg High JROTC, and more.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Sunday, May 26
Celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a daylong festival on Sunday. The festival kicks off with a 5-mile and 8-mile trail races in the morning, food and beverage options throughout the facility, live music all day and finishes the evening with a stunning fireworks display over the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. The event is free, but there is a standard $5 parking fee for the center.
The Charlotte Knights will be in action at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, May 27 against the Toledo Mudhens. It's Military Appreciation Night, and $5 box seats are available online.
What's Open and Closed in Charlotte on Memorial Day?
Federal, state, county and city offices: Closed
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Closed
Charlotte-Mecklenburg libraries: Closed
Buses, light rail: Open, but operating on a Sunday schedule
Compost Central: Recycling centers will be closed, but yard waste will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garbage pickup: Operating on a normal schedule.
Mecklenburg and South Carolina ABC stores: Open
FedEx and UPS: Closed, but Custom Critical and Express Critical is available
U.S. Postal Service: Closed