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Greetings Fellow Nevadans, Welcome to 2021! 

Yes 2021 has arrived, how sweet it is, let us all bid adieu to 2020. As Bugs Bunny once said “Well goodbye, and don’t think it hasn’t been a little slice of heaven, cause it hasn’t”.

The Nevada Day Committee is simply hitting the rewind button for this year’s event, so if you missed it last year, among everything else you missed, here is a recap – little did we know another historic milestone was about to take place: 

This year will be our state’s 157th birthday, and also marks 83 years since the Nevada Day Celebration moved to our Capitol, featuring a large parade in downtown Carson City.

The 2021 parade theme is “Historic Moments in Nevada”. Numerous moments throughout our state’s history help shape and define Nevada. From the day this glorious state was born on October 31, 1864 during the Civil War, to the current year 2021, specific periods in time during our 157 years of statehood tend to stand out and set us apart from the other 49.

From the historic Gold and Silver Boom in the Comstock, legalized gaming and prostitution, quickie divorces – I imagine with some of the earlier Settlers this could have happened in that exact order – Women’s Suffrage, UFO sightings (landings?), on to the more recent decision of legalizing Cannabis.

Yes, Nevada has indeed had its share of unique moments occur in the past, with undoubtedly more in store for the future, and the Nevada Day Committee felt it was time to reflect back on them.

I am honored to be part of this incredible historic event as Nevada is one of the only states to celebrate its Admission into the Union on October 31, 1864. Nevada Day Inc. is a very small nonprofit organization that keeps this tradition alive each year, and faces many challenges as costs rise, volunteers come and go, and rules and regulations tighten.

Our family moved here in the summer of 1972. I attended first grade, and also attended my first Nevada Day Parade that year. I have not left, found no reason to, and now going on my 12th year with Nevada Day Inc., I never tire of seeing the pride and joy of my fellow Nevadan’s as we celebrate our states birthday, and this year we have some serious making up to do!

Ken Hamilton, Executive Director, Nevada Day Inc.

Quick List:
FRIDAY
6:30pmBlinky Man Carson City
all weekendRailbike Tours and Train Rides
SATURDAY
TBDNevada Day Classic Run/Walk
7-9:30aRepublican Women’s pancake breakfast at Mansion
6:00-7:30amVolunteers meet at Red’s for pancake breakfast and supplies
8-9amParade Entries arrive at staging areas
8:00am Balloon Launch from South Carson St. locations
10:00am Fly Over & Parade Starts
11:00amRock Drilling
11am-2pmChili Feed @ Nugget
2:30pmEstimated end of parade
2:30ishBeard Contest
4:00-lateAfter party Curry St.

Our Sponsors

Our Esteemed Partners/Sponsors for Nevada Day

The Nevada Day celebration is made possible by the generous contributions from the following organizations and individuals. We encourage you to show your thanks to our supporters by visiting them throughout the year.

Key Players

These are the people who make it happen

Nevada Day happens because of the hard work of the board and executive director and the thousands of hours filled by volunteers

Speaker
The Executive Director is in charge of overseeing the entire operations of the Nevada Day Parade. Duties Include:
  • Fundraising and Lobbying
  • Parade Organization
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Board and Community Relations
  • Parade Advocate
Ken Hamilton

Executive Director

Speaker

The President is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Nevada Day Inc.:

  • to create the meeting Agenda,
  • supervise the functioning of the Board,
  • to encourage the vision of the Board,
  • be the spokesperson for the Board,
  • Nevada Day Public Affairs Liaison, press and media spokesman,
  • Nevada Day Ambassador to the community at large,
  • FUNDING
Bobby Bean

President

Speaker
  Duties Include:
  • Managing the funds
  • Documenting the meetings
  • Keeping the social media accounts updated
  • Board and Community Relations
  • Parade Advocate
Liz Biasotti

Treasurer/Social Media

Speaker
Cori Weidenhammer

Secretary

Speaker

It is the responsibility of the Parade Director to:

  • maintaining the Parade Committee,
  • conduct the Parade Committee meetings,
  • supervise the creation of the Parade,
  • supervise the functioning of the Parade,
  • create, maintain, preview Parade Applications,
  • recruit, organize, train, Parade Marshals,
  • order, manage, all Trophies.
Jennifer Estrada

Parade Director

Speaker
Board Member . Duties Include:
  • Band Director
  • Coordinate all things related to the bands
  • Fundraising
  • Parade Advocate
Tim Nolte

Bands

Speaker
Board Member . Duties Include:
  • Balloon Director
  • Coordinate all things related to the balloons
  • Parade Advocate
Jay Dargert

Balloons

Speaker
Bernie Allen

Past Parade Director

Speaker
Board Member . Duties Include:
  • Street Management
  • Community Contacts
  • Parade Advocate
Jon Boether

Board Member

Speaker
Board Member . Duties Include:
  • Coordinate the volunteers
  • Train and Manage Parade Marshalls
  • Parade Advocate
Jan Youngblood

Volunteers/Parade Marshalls

Speaker
Board Member . Duties Include:
  • Coordinate the volunteers
  • Train and Manage Parade Marshalls
  • Parade Advocate
Jim Youngblood

Volunteers/Parade Marshalls

Speaker
Board Member . Duties Include:
  • Property Manager
  • Community Contacts
  • Parade Advocate
Teri Preston

Board Member

Nevada Day Committee

FAQ

Each October, Nevadans turn their attention to the state capitol, Carson City, home of the "official" Nevada Day Parade. Since 1938, the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City has been an annual coming together to celebrate Nevada's heritage and the founding of this great state on October 31, 1864! This site has been designed to give you all the information you need to enjoy the Nevada Day Parade and associated activities. We have included many dates and times for festivities and events. As plans are firmed up and new, updated information becomes available, we will update the appropriate pages. Also, if you spot an error or even worse, a broken link, please let us know via an email to our administrator. Your input is valuable and we want to hear from you! Please take a look around and then come and enjoy the celebration.

Nevada Day Inc. a not for profit 501c3 business
Nevada Day is more than just a parade! It is Nevada’s Heritage Celebration, a gathering of community spirit on the last week of October to salute our state’s past and look ahead to its future.
To remind the citizens how and when Nevada became a State. We are the only state to continually celebrate our historical entry into the Union and  that makes us unique.
Grants from local and state government, donations from businesses and private parties, and volunteer hours
Entry fees go directly to conducting the parade and  back into the community through vendors,  permits,  insurance,  and  operating costs, etc.
Fill out and submit a parade application
The modern parade started in 1938 in Carson City but the history on commemorating our statehood predates the 1938 parade by more than 60 years thanks to the Society of Nevadans who hosted smaller celebrations throughout the state.
Admission to Statehood: October 31, 1864 Sagebrush State Flower: Sagebrush Constitution: 36th State MottoAll for Our Country State Bird: Mountain Bluebird  NicknameThe Silver State State Reptile: The Desert Tortoise SongHome Means Nevada Tree:Single leaf pinon and bristlecone pine 

 

Click Here for a great article on the History of Nevada Day!

Location

Location of the Nevada Day Store & the Nevada Day Parade

The Nevada Day Parade takes place along Carson Street in Carson City, Nevada. It begins on at the intersection of William Street and N. Carson Street, and ends at the intersection of Stewart Street and South Carson Street.

The Nevada Day Store is open year-round and is located at 1013 S Carson St. (Copper Point Plaza next to Red’s Old 395 Restaurant.)

Current Store/Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-4pm