City of Charlotte Prepares for New Year Celebrations

Jordan-Ashley Walker

​​​CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 30, 2016) – The City of Charlotte is preparing to ring in a new year.

And with thousands of people expected to celebrate the beginning of 2017 in Uptown, City Manager Marcus D. Jones has declared the CLT New Year's Eve 2016 celebration as an Extraordinary Event. This declaration takes into consideration several celebrations in the center city, including events at Romare Bearden Park, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza, as well as other nearby venues.

An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large-scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city. The city manager, in collaboration with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, has determined this event meets the criteria as defined in Charlotte City Code Sec. 15-310.

The Extraordinary Event designation allows the city to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies particular items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.

A signed copy of the Extraordinary Event declaration can be found online here. ​

City Service Impacts

In light of the holiday, residents may notice some temporary changes to the usual city services. City of Charlotte offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year holiday.

Other changes include:

CharMeck 311

CharMeck 311 will be closed Monday, Jan. 2.

CharMeck 311's normal hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Outside of regular business hours, callers can report water, sewer, storm water and animal emergencies via an automated service that dispatches assistance. You can also make many service requests online 24/7 at ​

Please call 911 for any emergencies.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)

CATS will operate modified service during the New Year holiday.

Saturday, Dec. 31

CATS buses, trains and streetcar will operate according to their Saturday schedules.

Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2

CATS will operate buses, trains and the streetcar on a Sunday schedule.

For more information on CATS' holiday service, visit or contact CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).

Solid Waste Services

Solid Waste Services will provide collection services – garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky waste – on Monday, Jan. 2.

Animal Care and Control

Animal Care and Control will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 1, but will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m.



The City of Charlotte provides services to more than 800,000 residents. The City's focus areas are Housing and Neighborhood Development, Community Safety, Transportation, Economic Development and the Environment. For the latest news about city government, visit the Citywide Newsroom. From our website, you can sign up to receive email updates on City topics that interest you through the Notify Me service.