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2014 Memorial Day in Charlotte

Things to Do, What's Open and Closed, and Ways to Remember Memorial Day


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.

Speed Street 600 Festival
Taking place 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.

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.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Sunday, May 25
Join us in celebrating the Memorial Day weekend with a daylong festival on Sunday, May 25. The festival kicks off with 5-mile and 8-mile trail races, followed by food and drink, live music all day and 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.

Birkdale Village
Birkdale Village hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26th, 2014, at 7 p.m.. The mayor will be the master of ceremonies at the tribute, which features Central Piedmont Community Chorus, flag-folding by the Junior ROTC from North Mecklenburg High School, the placing of the wreath, buglers and more.

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
Banks: 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

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