Concord's tree lighting and parade return November 16 and 17
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

CONCORD – Thousands will fill Downtown and kick off the 2018 holiday season the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting with the City of Concord's 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16. Sponsored by Atrium Health 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. Union Street S between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues will be closed to all vehicles during 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.

Event Highlights:
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 Patriots 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 90
th 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 17, 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 2018 parade will salute former Mayor Scott Padgett and his wife, Teresa.

Padgett served as Concord's Mayor from 2001-2017
, after first serving on City Council from 1995-2001. In addition to 27 years of elected leadership, his service in Concord extends back over 40 years with a career as a public school educator and principal at Coltrane-Webb and Beverly Hills Elementary Schools. He is continuing his public service to North Carolina after being appointed by Governor Cooper to the Local Government Commission.

Teresa is also a retired local educator, and has joined Suzanne Howard to provide live commentary during the parade and host the broadcast on CabCoTV for several decades.

For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit

Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
Phone: 704-920-5210

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