City of Charlotte prepares for Speed Street, Memorial Day celebrations

Britt Clampitt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 24, 2018) – The City of Charlotte is gearing up for a fun weekend in the Queen City. The annual Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola will be in uptown Charlotte Thursday, May 24, through Saturday, May 26, and city government offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The following are City of Charlotte preparations for this weekend. Most city services will operate as normal on Monday.

Charlotte Department of Transportation

Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola event hours will be noon to 8 p.m. on all three days, Thursday through Saturday. Event organizers expect 300,000 spectators.

Street closures began Wednesday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m. and all roads will reopen Sunday, May 27, at 6 a.m. Street closures for the festival include:  

  • Tryon Street, between Stonewall Street and Trade Street
  • Cross streets between Church Street and College Street. The cross streets will reopen on Friday, May 25, from 6-9:30 a.m. for morning commuters. The cross streets include:
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
    • Third Street
    • Fourth Street

Information about street closures and event details are available on the Street Use and Event Notice (SUN). Additional event information is available at

Charlotte Area Transit Service (CATS)

On Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, CATS will run normal, evening rush hour service for the LYNX Blue Line every 7.5 minutes until approximately 7 p.m. After that, CATS will maintain a 15-minute headway until the end of revenue service. On Saturday, May 26, the Lynx Blue Line will run every 15 minutes after 11 a.m. until the end of the day.  

On Monday, May 28, the CATS bus routes and the LYNX Blue Line will operate on a Sunday service schedule. Express bus services will not operate on Memorial Day, with the exception of the 590 Airport Connector Northlake, which will operate according to its regular schedule.

Residents and visitors should expect delays and detours because of street closures. For more information, visit

Solid Waste Services

The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services will support Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola with litter control. The department will run three crews each day that will begin at 8 a.m. and finish once the crowds have dispersed.

Last year, Solid Waste Services collected 10 tons of garbage and two tons of recycling.

Solid Waste Services will collect garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky waste as usual on Memorial Day.


Outside regular business hours, CharMeck 311 callers can report water, sewer, stormwater and animal issues via an automated service that dispatches assistance. Many service requests can be made online 24/7. Please call 911 for any emergencies.

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