Carowinds opened to a crowd of 3,000 people dressed in bell bottoms and mini skirts on June 2, 1973. All summer long, the Charlotte, N.C., theme park will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the party kicks off on June 1 with a full day of special activities.
Here’s the schedule of events for Carowinds’ 40th anniversary celebration:
9:30 am – Ceremonial ribbon cutting with two people who were with us opening day- James Henderson, Carowinds’ first official visitor, and Connie Dorn Rist, Ms. North Carolina 1972.
10:00 am – Fort Mill High School marching band opens the park and helps us sing happy birthday as we cut and share our giant birthday cake free for the first 400 visitors!
11a-1pm – We don’t often have a book signing, but when we do the book is about us! Carowinds worked with Arcadia Publishing to commemorate our anniversary season with a beautiful historical collection of photos documenting four decades of thrills!
6:00 pm-The party keeps going with the crew from V101.9 fm! They’re leading the evening portion of our birthday bash with a performance by the Purple All Star Steppers and a summertime dance party!
8:00 pm- The World’s Largest Soul Train Line (how cool is that?!)
10:00 pm- Boom! Pop! Ooooh and Ahhhhh! We wrap up the celebration with fireworks coordinated to light up the night with the biggest hits of 1973!
And, lest I forget, there is a special admission price for this 40th anniversary day. Can you guess what it might be? Why, $40, of course.
You can get more info about the special events at Carowinds’ Web site, www.carowinds.com.