CONCORD – Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2017 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 17. Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System and Uwharrie Bank, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and the grand finale of fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
The evening of fun in Downtown Concord builds up to the Tree Lighting in Bicentennial Plaza. Activities will be focused in the area between Church Street S, Union Street S, and Means Avenue SE. Cabarrus County is providing the launch location for the fireworks show in Parking Lot 2 between Church Street S and McCachern Boulevard SE. The Bicentennial Parking Lot will close at 12:00 noon, and Cabarrus County Parking Lot 2 will close at 3:00 p.m. the day of the event.
Free public parking will be available in several locations, including all levels of the Cabarrus Avenue parking deck. Additional parking locations will be available; click here for an event parking map.
6:00: Motorized trolley, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa in City Hall, and children’s activities begin
6:30: Opening ceremony
6:40: Music from Irvin and Odell Elementary Schools
7:05: Music from Greater Cabarrus Homeschool Chorus
7:30: Performance from Dance Expressions
8:00: Music from The Fuzz Bucket Music Company
8:30: Tree lighting and fireworks!
Click here for an event flyer. Also, be sure to visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The fun continues Saturday at the 89th annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. Announced by the historic Gamewell diaphone at Fire Station 1, the parade will begin at Church Street N and Lake Concord Road at 2:30 p.m. on November 18, and continues over two miles along Church Street, Buffalo Avenue, and Union Street to Corban Avenue. The City of Concord is sponsoring the parade’s Bands.
Each year, Parade Marshals have been chosen from the local community for their leadership and contributions to Concord. The 2017 parade will salute Jim Ramseur and David Phillips who served Concord as City Council Members from 1995 until they both retired in 2015.
Jim is married to Terry Walker Ramseur and family includes son James Dodson (JD) Ramseur and his wife Beth, daughter Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Ramseur Myers and her husband John, and two grandsons James Spencer Ramseur and Rylan Cole Ramseur. Jim and Terry, both devoted dog lovers, recently rescued their puppy, Browni, at the Humane Society of Concord.
Dave Phillips is a lifelong Concord resident and the life partner of Joanne Gonnerman. In his free time, he enjoys working on his Lionel model train layout, shooting at the gun range, and collecting and selling antiques with Joanne.
For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit cabarrusevents.org.