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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2019 MECKDEC Event Schedule

Thursday, May 2, 2019:

Speaker Series with Andrew Roberts
: 7:00pm
location: Tate Hall at CPCC

event: Join us for the return of the speaker series featuring bestselling author Andrew Roberts. The lecture is followed by reception and book signing.  Purchase tickets.

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

May 20th Celebration
time: 12pm-4:00pm
location: The Charlotte Museum of History
event: Join The Charlotte Museum of History to celebrate the legendary MeckDec. Tour Mecklenburg’s oldest home site, home of one of the MeckDec signers.  Tour a colonial military encampment.  Visit Captain Jack’s Tavern.

Sunday, May 19, 2019:

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, get your picture with Captain Jack, watch a movie about the MeckDec, or purchase merchandise from your Charlotte Independence! 

Sunday, May 19,  2019:

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.

Monday, May 20, 2019:

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! 

Monday, May 20, 2019:

Annual Captain James Jack Colonial Dinner
: 6:00pm
location: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
event: Join us for the Second Annual Captain James Jack Colonial Dinner with keynote by local artist Dan Nance.  Each of the three courses will be served with a different beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.