Special to Iredell Free News

The Town of Mooresville will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2023 with over 150 events and activities occurring in the town throughout the year.

Signature events include New Year’s Fireworks, Party Like It’s 1873 Festival, Liberty Park Grand Re-Opening, Stars & Stripes on Main Parade, Bands and Brews Festival, Mooresville Motorsports Festival, and A Classic Christmas.

Here’s an overview of these major events:

New Year’s Fireworks—December 31, 2022

Ring in the new year and our 150th Anniversary with a special fireworks display. Enjoy this all-American, family friendly event in historic downtown Mooresville.

Party Like It’s 1873 Festival & Immersive Experience—March 3, 2023

The Town of Mooresville was incorporated on March 3, 1873. The Town is ready to celebrate in historic style. With everything from a John Moore look-alike contest, to food trucks, beer vendors, music, period themed actors, and more, the Party Like It’s 1873 Festival will mark Mooresville’s official 150th anniversary. The celebration includes a spectacular event in the Charles Mack Citizen Center.

150 Years of Mooresville: Immersive Exhibit will celebrate Mooresville’s storied history. Every few minutes, the lights dim, and historical photos and memorabilia will come alive, spilling projections onto the walls to tell the story of our beloved community. Featuring music, narration, and vivid animations, it’s an immersive art experience like no other.

Liberty Park Grand Re-Opening—June 2023

With a surprise headliner musical act, food, drink and celebratory ribbon cutting, the much-anticipated grand re-opening of Liberty Park will be a community celebration not to be missed. Come explore the new features of this signature Mooresville park and enjoy a concert experience that is sure to be the talk of the town. Join us for the much-anticipated grand re-opening of Liberty Park! This park will feature a multi-level, inclusive playground, covered basketball court and more! We’ll celebrate with live music, food and fun while admiring this amazing addition to Downtown Mooresville!

Stars and Stripes on Main Parade—July 2023

Celebrate Mooresville’s birthday and America’s birthday all in one day at this patriotic Fourth of July parade. Mooresville’s past, present and future will be on display with an imaginative lineup of colorful parade floats, historic vehicles, and plenty of hometown pride.

Bands & Brews Event—September 2023

Enjoy a cool brew, live music and good food at the Bands, Brews & BBQ Festival in downtown
Mooresville. This outdoor festival will feature North Carolina craft beer, food tastings, and some of the best local music from across the region.

Mooresville Motorsports Festival—October 2023

Anchored by the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, this festival celebrates America’s love of speed. With race cars, current and vintage hot rods, food trucks, live music and the greatest names in auto racing history, this is an event you do not want to miss.

An exclusive exhibit in the Charles Mack Citizen Center will feature historic racing photography and rare artifacts, highlighting the people and places in North Carolina that helped establish NASCAR as a must-see American sporting event.

Classic Christmas in Mooresville—December 2023

Create a lifetime of memories with your family while attending this annual festive celebration. Visit local artisans, sample festive cuisine, finish your last-minute shopping, and catch holiday-themed performances brought to you by local talent. Victorian carolers, holiday shopping and photos with Santa are all part of this traditional Classic Christmas.

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