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How To Celebrate Memorial Day In Charlotte

May 9, 2014 8:00 AM

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(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

First founded to honor the war dead and decorate their graves, Memorial Day has become the first unofficial day of summer. A CBS Charlotte “Best of” article ran a couple of years ago entitled “Ways To Observe Memorial Day.” Here are some Memorial Day weekend activities that center around the best aspects of this holiday – food, music and outdoor fun with a touch of nostalgia. For those who shun the outdoors, an evergreen musical runs through the Memorial Day weekend.
Food Truck Friday
1616 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203

The food truck movement has taken hold in Charlotte, so Food Truck Friday has developed into quite the popular event. Foodies, or those who don’t want to cook, can join about 1,000 visitors on the Friday before Memorial Day. People will bring their families, little ones, dogs on leaches, lawn chairs and blankets to convene at Park and Camden in the South End from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All types of treats one could imagine will be offered. Credit cards are accepted by many of the food trucks. The Bland Street Light Rail station will get you there if you choose not to drive. You can BYOB.

Charlotte Knights
324 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 357-8071

Baseball lovers can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Charlotte Knights have finally taken up residence in their brand new Uptown facility and the public has responded by buying almost all of the season tickets. Partial season packages and single game tickets are now available. Check out the Junior Knights Kids Club, or buy a commemorative brick to grace the new stadium as you support the home team. The Knights will play the Indianapolis Indians on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. On Monday, Memorial Day proper, they are away at Columbus.

U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900

This fantastic facility was once the headquarters for U.S. aquatic Olympians to train. A visit on an ordinary day can take you on training trails of increasing difficulty to challenge your whitewater rafting skills. On Memorial Day, a full schedule of activities begins with five-mile and eight-mile races. The live concert starts at 4 p.m. and the evening ends with fireworks. This Memorial Day event is free to the public. There is also a VIP package with extra amenities including a meal, bar access and a prime view of the natural beauty of the environment as well as the concert and fireworks.

Related:  The History Of Memorial Day

Symetra Classic
Raintree Country Club
8600 Raintree Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 542-8150

Charlotte is famous for the Wells Fargo Championship Golf event, but let it be known that the Symetra Classic will feature some of the world’s best young female golfers as it concludes on Saturday, May 24. This is a development tournament so that new talent may be elevated into the LPGA Tour. A total of 144 players will represent 21 countries. Children 16 and under with an adult and military men and women will be admitted at no cost. Otherwise, tickets, available at the Raintree Country Club main gate, are $10 per day or $25 for three days.

Theatre Charlotte
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3777

Considered rock’s first theatrical foray as a musical, “Hair” tells the story of “the tribe” in all of its psychedelic glory. This group of hirsute hippies, Vietnam war protesters living in New York City, sing their way through tunes that have become anthems since the 1960s. They urge the audience to “Let the Sunshine In” or open their eyes for the dawning of the age of  “Aquarius.” Considered quite controversial when it debuted, the anti-war stance, profanity, nudity, attitude against the American flag and permissive position on drugs are still issues all these years later.

Related: 50 Free Things To Do In And Around Charlotte

Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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