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Matthews, NC Street Closures Planned Over Labor Day Weekend to Accommodate Matthews Alive Festival

The Matthews Alive Festival is fast-approaching while preparations continue to accommodate the expected influx of more than 150,000 visitors September 2-5. With several days of events planned, the Town of Matthews is working with Matthews Alive organizers to ensure participant safety and efficient traffic flow over the holiday weekend.  

Friday, September 2:

  • South Trade Street will be closed at 9 a.m. from John Street to McDowell Street, extending to Main Street at 5 p.m. The closure will allow safe setup and opening of the festival. This section of Trade Street will reopen by 11 p.m. Monday, September 5 after tear down operations are complete.
  • Motorists are encouraged to follow posted detour signs along N.C. 51 and Fullwood Lane around the festival site.
  • Residents with driveways connected to the closed sections of South Trade Street will have access with assistance from Matthews Police.

Saturday, September 3:

  • The Matthews Alive Parade route will also require several closures from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. One exception requires Matthews Mint-Hill Road to be closed at 7:30 a.m. for parade staging.
  • All streets will reopen by 12 p.m. at the parade’s conclusion.

Monday, September 5:

  • The Matthews Kiwanis 5k race will require periodic partial road closures from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for the safety of race participants. Travel lane and intersection closures will occur intermittently throughout the race in areas designated by Matthews Police when necessary. Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to vehicular traffic while maintaining safety for runners.

Matthews Alive is an annual four-day family festival over Labor Day weekend in Downtown Matthews.  This year the event kicks off Friday, September 2 and concludes on Monday, September 5. All concerts are free. The Matthews Alive Festival also has a large arts and crafts area made up of over 160 regional artisans, a Family Fun Zone with rides, games and amusements, the Kids Connection with crafts, ponies and train rides, a wide array of food vendors, the Southeast’s Largest Labor Day Parade, and much more!  The festival attracts more than 150,000 attendees each year and continues to grow.

News Release originally posted on the Town of Matthews website: www.matthewsnc.gov/newsview.aspx?nid=5942

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