Freedom Park is a wonderful 98 acre park nestled between two of Charlotte’s most affluent neighborhoods, Dilworth and Myers Park. The park is named in honor of veterans of World War II and has been a staple of Charlotte’s history since 1945. For Charlotteans born here, they most likely remember the odd vision of a military tank, fire engine and train on the premises. Now only the train remains, but is still representative of this dynamic area of Charlotte.
Almost exactly 60 years ago, over 60,000 people crowded into Freedom Park to hear President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower speak celebrating Mecklenburg’s 1775 declaration of independence from British rule. This interesting fact is almost never mentioned and the park itself bears no identifiers of this event. It is one of the more celebrated parks in Charlotte, with both history and current events enriching the park’s identity. No matter how new you may be to Charlotte, you have heard of the annual “Festival in the Park”. This year, Freedom Park is celebrating its 50 year anniversary of “Festival in the Park”. With plenty of candies, turkey legs, and other various family friendly events, the park brings in people from all corners of not just Charlotte, but its surrounding areas as well. It surely is one of the most iconic parks Charlotte has and looks to remain that way for the foreseeable future.