Hot-air balloon launches, music, classic cars, giant inflatables and fireworks. This year’s Celebrate Charlotte Festival offered something for everyone this past weekend, June 13 to 16.
The festival, sponsored organized by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at highlighting everything the community has to offer. Ann Garvey, the chamber’s executive director, said it brings residents and visitors to the community for the weekend every June.
“We’re just trying to celebrate all the parts of the community,” said Garvey, of the four-day festival. “The businesses value the community. The community values the businesses and this a great way to share that.”
Local businesses sponsor the festival events – which included a showcase of area restaurants on June 13 with the “Bite of Charlotte” event, a large downtown car show on Cochran Avenue on Friday, June 14, balloon launches from Fitch H. Beach Airport all weekend and a Saturday, June 15 fireworks show that costs sponsors anywhere between $3,500 and $5,500 every year.
In addition, Garvey said Hayes Green Beach Hospital celebrated its 80th birthday with a party at the airport just prior to the Saturday fireworks show. “That’s just another reason to celebrate,” she added.
Activities were held on the lawn of the 1885 Eaton County Courthouse over the weekend as well. They included crafting booths, food vendors, giant inflatables for kids, music and a water-ball tournament that involved local fire departments.
Garvey said the variety offered during the festival makes it accessible to everyone. “Whatever you took part in, it was all part of celebrating our community,” she said.