May 20th, 2019, marks the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, which preceded the signing of the more famous Declaration by more than a year. Charlotte celebrates this date every year.
It is the day of the year that you’re most likely to see horses and people in Colonial garb in Uptown Charlotte. (It’s mainly the people wearing the colonial garb, not the horses.)
Here’s what’s going on Meck Dec Day and the weekend before it.
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive.
- Tour Mecklenburg County’s oldest home site, which was standing when the MeckDec was written and where one of its signers lived.
- Experience readings of the MeckDec, a reenactment of the signing and more at a Colonial military encampment provided by local reenactment groups including the Mecklenburg Militia, New Acquisition Militia and the Piedmont Partisans.
- Learn about 18th century tavern foods with cooking demos in the historic kitchen.
- Enjoy old-time fiddle music by Scott Stegall and Zach Mahoney (from 2-4 p.m.)
- Visit “Captain Jack’s Tavern” and grab a brew from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
- Kids can learn and practice important skills like stitching and button sewing that aided in the Revolutionary War effort and still can be useful today.
- British General Cornwallis supposedly called Charlotte a “hornet’s nest of rebellion” when he invaded the city during the American Revolution.Learn about all the local groups that have embraced Charlotte’s “hornet’s nest” image in their names, their logos and their commitments to building a stronger community in the Queen City. Representatives will be on hand from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department, Hornet’s Nest Girl Scouts Council, the Hornet’s Nest District of the Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation and more.
Sunday, May 19th, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road
In the Summer of 1775, Captain James Jack rode more than 500 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.
This event is in partnership with Queen City Bicycles and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and is FREE. Huzzah!
Monday, May 20th, 2019
The Square, Trade and Tryon
At 12 p.m., gather at the Square, Uptown at Trade and Tryon. Plan to come out and celebrate this annual commemoration in Charlotte. The MeckDec celebration has hosted four former Presidents (Taft, Wilson, Eisenhower and Ford), military Generals, a First Lady and countless dignitaries.
Celebrate the signing of the declaration, the spirit of our community and the distinct and rebellious history that binds our community together. Events will include 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.
Afterwards, the celebration will travel two blocks to Settlers Ceremony, where there will be a wreath laying and musket volley to honor Colonel Thomas Polk.
More about Meck Dec Day
Some other Meck Dec related sites
- Charlotte Liberty Walk has a marker for the singing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
- The Captain Jack Statue, part of the Trail of History, is on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, at CPCC.
- The Matheson Bridge Mural, by William Puckett, visually depicts the story of the Meck Dec. You’ll find it under the Matheson Street Bridge, over North Davidson Street.