City of Charlotte prepares for 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. events and holiday

Britt Clampitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2019) – Thousands of people are expected to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Charlotte this weekend. 

Weekend events for the 2019 Atrium Health MLK National Holiday Celebration begin Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. with the 39th annual MLK holiday parade through uptown Charlotte. More than 90 marching bands, step teams and other organizations will travel along Tryon Street, beginning at Ninth Street and ending at Stonewall Street. 

Learn more about Charlotte’s MLK holiday celebrations at

As a result of those celebrations and the federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, the community may notice some service changes.

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City of Charlotte Offices

City of Charlotte offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Solid Waste Services

Solid Waste Services will not provide collection services on Monday, Jan. 21. Collection will operate on a one-day delay with Friday customers receiving service on Saturday, Jan. 26. 

Visit Solid Waste Services online for the 2019 recycling collection schedule.  

Charlotte Area Transit System

On Monday, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will operate all bus routes according to its Saturday schedule. No express service will operate. The LYNX Blue Line and CityLYNX will also operate according to Saturday schedules.

On Monday, the CATS Pass Sales Office and Customer Service will be closed.

Charlotte Department of Transportation

Heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic is expected in uptown Charlotte on Saturday. Visit the Charlotte Department of Transportation’s Street Use and Event Notice​ for more information on traffic impacts resulting from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday parade. 

CharMeck 311

Outside regular business hours, CharMeck 311 callers can report water, sewer, stormwater and animal issues via an automated service that dispatches assistance. Residents can also submit service requests​ online 24 hours a day.

Please call 911 for any emergencies.

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