The May 20th Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that endeavors to capture and celebrate Charlotte’s rebellious and visionary spirit and history—a history that began on May 20, 1775, when two dozen prominent civic leaders signed and approved The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (MeckDec) – the first declaration of independence in America! Since 2003, The May 20th Society has been raising funds to bring history alive in Charlotte with its speaker series, noon commemoration of the MeckDec, unveiling of The Spirit of Mecklenburg statue and creation of the Charlotte Liberty Walk. Join us to celebrate the history of the MeckDec!

Subscribe to our emails!


You need to install or upgrade Flash Player to view this content, install or upgrade by clicking here.

Support The May 20th Society and keep history alive by
donating online or by contacting

2020 MECKDEC Event Schedule

Sunday, May 17,  2020:

Captain Jack  Historical Bike Ride
time: 2:00pm
location: Start at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
In the Summer of 1775, Captain James Jack rode 450 miles to deliver the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to Congress. In honor of his historic ride, we invite you to participate in a historic bike ride from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to various historical locations around Charlotte relevant to Captain Jack. The ride will be leaving from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and finishing there with a social upon return.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020:

Noon Commemoration
Uptown at Trade and Tryon Streets
Military and Colonial Re-enactors, Historical Readings, horses, military parades, cannon firing and good ol’ American-styled patriotic celebration of who we are as a people. Don’t miss out on this free event celebrating Charlotte and its people! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020:

Annual Captain James Jack Colonial Dinner
: 6:15pm
location: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
event: Save the date for the Third Annual Captain James Jack Colonial Dinner.  Each course will be served with a different beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  More details to come!


Wednesday, May 20, 2020:

MeckDec Day at OMB
11am – close
 Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Visit Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for their annual MeckDec day.  Enjoy a pint of Captain Jack pilsner or purchase historical tshirts from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.