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FREE stuff for Mec Dec Day

10:31 AM Mon, May 11, 2009 |
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Jody Mace


Cheap and Free Contributor

Just over a year before some redhead up in Virginia wrote the Declaration of Independence, a committee of citizens in Charlotte, North Carolina signed their own declaration of independence from England. Or they didn’t. Historical research does not conclusively support the existence of such a document, and it doesn’t help that there are no remaining original copies. But why let factual quibbling get in the way of a party?

Whether or not the original event from May 20, 1775 happened, there’s no disputing that Mec Dec Day has been a traditional celebration in Charlotte for many years. This year there are two chances to thumb your nose at The Man (aka King George III.) And they’re both free.

The Charlotte Museum of History presents its annual Mec Dec Celebration on Saturday, May 16, from 5PM to 8PM. It will be a real party, with costumed re-enactors, music from the Charlotte Folk Society, and activities put on by local and regional cultural and historical organizations. Bring a picnic. The lawn is one of the nicest picnic spots in town, especially when there’s free admission. Visit http://www.charlottemuseum.org for more information.

May 20th is the actual date that the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed, or wasn’t. (Please! Save your debates for the saloon!) Obviously this day is the high point for the local organization, The May 20th Society (http://www.may20thsociety.org/) On May 20th, at noon, join them at Trade & Tryon for a reading of the declaration, colonial reenactments, military parades, and general festivities.

For more free and cheap things to do in Charlotte, visit http://www.charlotteonthecheap.com.


Jody Mace is a Cheap and Free contributor on WCNC.com. To read more of Jody’s blog posts, check out her web site Charlotte on the cheap.




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