How to join Charlotte’s year-long birthday celebration

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The City of Charlotte just announced CLT250, a nearly year-long, city-wide celebration to honor the city’s 250th birthday. That’s right, the Queen City turns 250 this year.

Charlotte was founded on Dec. 3, 1768, as Charlotte-Towne, and named for Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg.

The ongoing party officially starts July 3, with a Star Spangled Spectacular event at Memorial Stadium (310 N. Kings Dr.). Festivities start at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to erupt at 9:30 p.m.

The year of celebrating will come to an end in May 2019, in the form of a festival spotlighting music, food, art and innovation.

“CLT250 is a way for our community’s residents and visitors to share in and commemorate our storied past,” said Eugene Woods, honorary chair of CLT250 and president and CEO of Atrium Health, in a press release. “Beginning this July 3 and throughout the next year, we invite everyone to celebrate 250 years of our city’s independence, ingenuity, determination, collaboration, compassion and resiliency. More than that, CLT250 calls us to imagine the next 250 years and a vibrant and dynamic future for all who call Charlotte home.”

Atrium Health is CLT250’s presenting sponsor, while the initiative was formed with the help of an advisory committee and planning work group consisting of business leaders and community advocates.

There will be four more big bashes in honor of CLT250 in 2018-2019:

– National Night Out on Aug. 7, 2018 will emphasize camaraderie and dialogue.

– Charlotte’s Anniversary on Dec. 3, 2018 will focus on educating people about the city’s official anniversary.

– The Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2018 will celebrate tradition.

– The relaunch of Charlotte Shout, a music/art/food/innovation festival, May 5-12, 2019, will bring the theme of celebration full circle.

Meanwhile, community members are encouraged to join their own CLT250 celebrations. For example, Festival in the Park and Queen’s Feast will incorporate an element of the 250th anniversary into their events. Learn more about getting involved here.

Happy 250th, Charlotte.

Photo: courtesy of South End Hops Fest

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