Many Nevadans get a three-day weekend to celebrate our great state, but we also get to celebrate the history behind it.
Nevada Day is October 31, but it is traditionally observed on the Friday before. The day is a celebration of when Nevada became a state during the civil war. Every year students at elementary schools across the state are taught this history and take part in dozens of activities that made Nevada what it is today – panning for gold, learning about Nevada’s original postal operations and taking part in native dances created by some of the state’s most historic tribes.
State buildings and schools will be closed on Friday, October 27, but federal buildings will remain open. The Nevada Day Parade will take place in Carson City on Saturday, October 28 to commemorate Nevada’s 153rd birthday. This year’s theme is “Arts and Entertainment” and will take an in-depth look at Nevada’s diversified arts and entertainment community. The parade kicks off at 8 am with a hot air balloon launch near the Carson Mall. At 10 am, a flyover of military aircraft signals the start of the Nevada Day Parade, which will end at 2pm. The parade begins at the intersection of William and Carson streets and concludes at the intersection of Carson and Stewart streets. Local law enforcement agencies and public officials start the parade, followed by a bevy of floats, marching bands and Burning man creations. Roughly 200 entries make up the parade each year.
Some companies are getting more foot traffic this week, selling Nevada goods for people to show their state pride. The Flag Store in Sparks sells a lot more than flags, including T-shirts, hoodies, vests and jackets. Some of those items boast Nevada pride and are on special this week. People can buy Nevada stickers, coffee mugs and even trivia games, alongside a wide assortment of NV-made goods including honey, BBQ sauce, jam, wine and beer.
“It’s definitely Nevada pride, and it’s definitely because we live in such a fantastic place,” Eric Smith, owner of The Flag Store, said. “Where else can it be snowing two weeks ago and 80 degrees this week? It’s a wonderful place to live. We get to see a lot of the vendors that started off real small and that have grown and really made it, which is fantastic to see. The entrepreneurial spirit in Nevada is alive and well.”
Another of those vendors is Reno eNVy, now under a new parent company called Home Means Nevada Co. The local brand will stay the same, but the company’s owner is expanding his business to attract more statewide interest. He has already struck a chord with Renoites and he hopes to do the same with Nevadans. They use designs like sagebrush, the Mountain Bluebird and the Bighorn Sheep on some of its clothing and use specific colors related to the area and natural scenery.
Be sure to show your Nevada pride and check out all of the day’s events!
Nevada Day Parade Events
7-9:30 a.m. - Republican Women's Pancake Breakfast at Governor’s Mansion
8 a.m. - ReMax sponsored Hot Air Balloon Launch
8 a.m. - The Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk
10 a.m. - Flyover of Military Aircraft
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - The Nevada Day Parade
11 a.m.-3 p.m. - 42nd Annual Nevada Day World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest (Max Casino)
11 a.m.-2 p.m. - DurtyNV EDM Halloween Party at the Brewery Arts Center
Noon-9 p.m. - Annual La Ke Lel Be Nevada Day Pow Wow
Noon-2 p.m. - Senator Dean Heller's Chili Feed at the Carson Nugget
2 p.m. - The Nevada Day Beard Contest at McFadden Plaza
2-4 p.m. - Governor's Mansion Tour
Free admission to museums
The Nevada State Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will also be offering free admission to patrons both Friday and Saturday in recognition of Nevada Day.
The Nevada State Museum opens at 8:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. The Nevada State Railroad Museum opens at 9 a.m. both days. Admission is free to the Jacobsen Interpretive Center.
Visitors can also take a ride on the historic McKeen Motor Car both days starting at 10 a.m. Fares for the 20-minute ride are $8 for ages 12 and older; $5 for museum members and ages 4-11 and free for children 3 and younger.
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