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City of Charlotte plans for July 4th celebrations

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Contacts
Kim McMillan, Corporate Communications & Marketing
704-336-2643 or kmcmillan@charlottenc.gov

Brian Cunningham, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
704-336-4098 or bcunningham@cmpd.org

City Manager Ron Carlee has declared the 2013 Novant July 4th Spectacular an Extraordinary Event based on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s determination that this event meets the criteria as defined in City Ordinance No. 4814. Charlotte City Council adopted the ordinance January 23, 2012, which authorized the City Manager to make declarations of Extraordinary Events.
 
An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large-scale event of national or international significance and/or an event expected to attract a significant number of people to a certain portion of the city. In order to provide a safe and secure environment, as well as to protect the civil rights of those who wish to protest at some of these events, the ordinance provides for significant public safety resources to be expended during events. The ordinance allows law enforcement to identify risks or the intent of individuals to do harm at a large scale event of national or international significance.
 
The ordinance does not affect the normal way of life for our citizens who are going about their daily activities. The declaration of an Extraordinary Event allows the City to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies certain items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.   
The Presbyterian Hospital July 4th Spectacular will take place in Center City Charlotte at Memorial Stadium (310 North Kings Drive). Family fun activities will occur from 4 - 9 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m., as long as the weather permits. However, festivities usually extend beyond the official site.