Why Do We Celebrate Nevada Day?

Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 and was established by the Nevada Legislature as an official state holiday in 1933. Since then, Nevadans across the state have spent the last Friday of October celebrating with parades and commemoration of rich, Nevadan history.

Since 2000, Carson City’s newspaper, Nevada Appeal, has sponsored a month-long “treasure hunt” each year for the whole month of October. Beginning on the first Monday, a clue is posted each weekday on a website set up just for the contest. The clues all have to do with Nevada history so it encourages people to study the state’s history in order to find the “treasure”. The treasure is actually a small plaque that can be redeemed for up to $1,000.

Since 1938, the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City has been an annual coming together to celebrate Nevada’s heritage and the founding of the state. This year marks the 156th anniversary with a theme of Historic moments in Nevada and there are plenty of great ways to celebrate!

Some of the highlights include:

Friday, October 30

Nevada Healthcare Heroes at the Nevada State Museum
To honor and raise funds for Nevada’s health care workers, historic Coin Press No. 1 will mint a special medallion.
Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Attendees can purchase up to two .999 fine silver planchets and watch as they are minted on the press. Cost for a planchet is $100; a portion of the proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Registration is required. https://www.carsonnvmuseum.org/events/

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1

V&T Carson Canyon Railbike Tours
Experience motor-assisted pedal railbikes on the V&T railway for a comfortable and historically rich experience.
V&T Railway, Eastgate Depot, Eastgate Siding Road
Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m.,12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: All ages Halloween ride at 6 p.m. and 17+ Halloween ride at 8 p.m.
Make reservations at https://vtrailway.com/

Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31

Made in Nevada Film Festival Sponsored by Carson City Toyota
Watch a movie on a large screen and listen through an FM station from your car radio. Bring your own snacks.
Western Nevada College Campus, Lower Lot, 2001 W. College Parkway
The Shootist 6:15 p.m.
The Misfits 8 p.m.
The Muppets 6:15 p.m.
Sister Act 8 p.m.
Pick up your tickets at Carson City Toyota and they are free and you will be entered for a $100 gift card.
Reserve your space online (http://siteline.vendini.com/site/breweryartscenterfakeurl.com/) and it is $5/car.

Saturday, October 31

Balloon Launch 
Watch hot air balloons fill the sky from Downtown Carson City.
8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.https://85da24965544b3a2146bc49d5dd1a5c4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

46th Annual World Championship Single Jack Drilling Contest
Contestants will use 4.5-pound hammers and ¾” steel bits to pound holes into more than two tons of granite, which dates back to the Comstock mining days.
Carson Mall Parking Lot (near Carson Home Furnishings), 1227 S. Carson Street
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inaugural Nevada State Prison Tours
Learn about the history and preservation of this educational landmark which has opened for free, inaugural, 90-minute tours for Nevada Day (donations accepted).
Nevada State Prison, 3301 E. 5th Street
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with tours every ½ hour
Visit the website for booking information. You must book a tour to attend. http://nevadastateprison.org/nevada-day-at-nsp/

Beard Contest
Anyone with a beard or mustache can enter for free. Categories include: best overall, longest, fullest, reddest, best groomed, scruffiest, most bearded community and inaugural best mustache.
Copper Pointe Plaza near Red’s Old 395 Grill, 1027 S. Carson Street
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Questions? Call Nick at 775-515-4038 or visit Cipriani’s Downtown Barbershop

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum Tours
Learn about the only off-reservation Indian boarding school in Nevada during a free, educational tour. Includes an art showing, beaded bag demonstration (until 1p.m.) and basket weaving and cradle board demonstration (from 1 p.m.).
Stewart Indian School, 1 Jacobsen Way
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.https://85da24965544b3a2146bc49d5dd1a5c4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Reverse Parade Celebration
Spectators can drive past flatbed trucks, floats and vehicles to enjoy all-things Nevada Day and free, live entertainment.
Check Nevada Day’s Facebook or Brewery Arts Center’s Facebook page for parade route and details.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Times are subject to change. Please visit each event’s website for detailed information and COVID-19 instructions.

“Nevada Day is the time of year for Nevadans to celebrate our state’s heritage,” said David Peterson, executive director, Visit Carson City. ”Although we will all miss this year’s parade, we want everyone to feel safe celebrating in smaller groups in a responsible manner that involves social distancing, mask wearing protocols, proper cleaning measures and fun. This year has taught us that Nevadans are resilient and we look forward to open and safe activities that will keep us engaged and Nevada proud.” 

To learn more about 2020 Nevada Day activities, please visit nevadaday.com or visitcarsoncity.com.




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