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!
Friday, May 20, 2016: Noon Commemoration
location: Uptown at Trade and Tryon Streets
event: 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!
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: Speaker Series
We are working on details for this year and hope to continue our annual speaker series in 2016.
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.