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!





































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2016 MECKDEC Event Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2016:
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!
2012 Noon Commemoration
Friday, May 20, 2016:
Dedication of Ephraim Brevard Marker in Settler’s Cemetery
time: 12:30pm
location: Settler’s Cemetery, intersection of Fifth and Church Street
event: Immediately following the noon commemoration will be a dedication of a new marker in Settler’s Cemetery in memory of Revolutionary War Patriot Ephraim Brevard.

Friday, May 20, 2016:
MeckDec Trivia Happy Hour
time: 5:00-7:00pm
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
event: Join The May 20th Society and Charlotte Museum of History for MeckDec trivia and prizes.  Enjoy your very own Captain Jack pilsner.

Captain Jack Pilsner

Saturday, May 21, 2016:
Charlotte History Museum MecDec Day Celebration
time: 10:00am-2:00pm
location: 3500 Shamrock Drive
event: Join us as we celebrate the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and Resolves!  Make your very own MeckDec book, create animals of the Backcountry and other crafts.  Take a free tour of the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site and learn about his leadership in the years that led to the American Revolution. Free cake and lemonade!





Saturday, May 21, 2016: MeckDec Day at the Ballpark
time: 6:05pm
location: BB&T Ballpark, Uptown Charlotte
event: Join us at the Charlotte Knights Stadium as the Knights take on the Gwinnett Braves for our annual MeckDec Day at the Ballpark!
tickets: For discounted ticket information click here.

Saturday, May 21, 2016: MeckDec Day with Charlotte Independence
time: 7:00pm
location: Ramblewood Stadium
event: Cheer on Charlotte Independence as they celebrate MeckDec day and take on FC Cincinnati!
tickets: Click here and use promo code MECK16 for discounted tickets.