Where do you belong in the story of Charlotte?

June 29, 2018 11:16 am

With 60 people moving here every day, it is our privilege to share with them what we love about our city—now their new home.

Embracing Charlotte does not mean leaving it unchanged and accepting the current city as it is—in fact, it’s quite the opposite. What makes Charlotte such a wonderful place to live is that it has been shaped by every individual, each family that has moved here. When viewed as a continuing journey rather than place, the picture of the real Charlotte becomes clearer.

Charlotte was founded on December 3, 1768, named after the wife of King George III, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg. Seven years later, as legends retell, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence proclaimed separation from the Crown and Great Britain, followed by Captain James Jack’s famous ride to the 2nd Continental Congress with the Mecklenburg Resolves in tow.

In 1780, at Trade and Tryon, where Bank of America’s headquarters sits now, American Colonial forces fought off General Cornwallis’ Redcoats after British victories at Charles Town and Camden, South Carolina. It was here that Charlotte earned its reputation as a “hornet’s nest” of rebellion by the English general.

But Charlotte still was not the city it is today. In fact, it wasn’t until World War II before Charlotte’s population reached 100,000 people, eventually overtaking Wilmington as North Carolina’s most populous city. Now with 840,000 residents, the Queen city is an anchor in the New South.

This year marks Charlotte’s 250th anniversary. Presented by Atrium Health, CLT250 is a year-long, city-wide celebration that encourages all Charlotteans and friends of the city to come together through events, gatherings, and initiatives to recognize the past, understand the present, and envision a future with more opportunities for everyone.

The July 3rd Star Spangled Spectacular presented by Regions, ending with a high-altitude fireworks show, will kick off a year of festivities followed by four signature events: National Night Out, August 7, 2018; Thanksgiving Day Parade, November 22, 2018; Charlotte’s Anniversary, December 3, 2018; and a very special relaunch of Charlotte Shout, a festival of music, art, food, and innovation, May 5-12, 2019.

With the start of CLT250, the city is encouraging every person here to get involved and share their stories of the Queen City. Everyone is invited to celebrate 250 years of our city’s independence, ingenuity, determination, collaboration, compassion and resiliency—calling us to imagine the next 250 years with a vibrant and dynamic future for all.

So, no matter how long you’ve been here, please call Charlotte your home. Because she welcomes you with open arms, embraces what gifts you bring, and counts you as one of her own.