MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is partnering with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office this year in patrolling the Matthews Alive festival.
“To have an event that provides family entertainment, food, and fun while at the same time raising money to put directly back into the community is what Matthews is all about,” Police Chief Clark Pennington said. “And with that, we want our citizens, visitors and vendors to be assured that all security measures possible are being taken to ensure everyone continues to have a safe and fun time at Matthews Alive.”
Police recommend people stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, keep valuable items out of sight, make sure shoes are comfortable for long walking, pack as light as possible and if you see something say something.
They initially closed South Trade Street from the intersection of East John Street to McDowell Street on Aug. 30 and extended closures to Main Street. The entire closure will reopen by 11:30 p.m. Sept. 2.
They recommend being extra cautious for pedestrians in the downtown area.