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October 26, 2024

The Largest Celebration of Statehood in the Nation

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, The World Championship Single Jack Rock Drill Competition, The Beard Contest, and the Balloon Launch. We have included an archive of past parades and programs as well.  As 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.

Plan Your Day

8:00 am RE/MAX Balloon Launch
takes place from Fairview to downtown Carson Street. You can’t miss the balloons as they fly overhead starting our annual celebration in style!

10:00 amNevada Day Parade
begins with a military flyover and 200 + entries marching down Carson St. from William (Hwy 50) to Stewart. Expect it to take about 4 hours to complete.

11:00amWorld Championship Single-Jack Rock Drill Competition begins at the Carson Mall. This unique and historic event celebrates 51 years in Carson City at the Nevada Day Celebration!

2:00 pm(or immediately after parade ends) The Beard Contest starts in McFadden Plaza. Anyone with a beard can enter, this is a lot of FUN!

3:00pm till 6:00pmPost Parade Celebration takes place on Telegraph, Curry and Proctor Streets. Come visit our downtown vendors and enjoy the many bands playing in our street festival!

9:00am till 3:00pm: The Nevada Gift Shop will be open for all your Official Nevada Day apparel, buttons, stickers and other items. Come see us at 1013 S. Carson Street near Red’s 395 Grill.


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.
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.

The parade is organized by Nevada Day Inc. a not for profit 501c3 business.

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.

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.

Simply fill out and submit a parade application.

Nevada Fun Facts

Admission to Statehood

October 31st, 1864

State Motto

All For Our Country


36th State

State Nickname

The Silver State

State Bird

Mountain Bluebird

State Reptile

Desert Tortoise

State song

Home Means Nevada

State Tree

Single-Leaf Piñon and Bristlecone Pine

Sing Along To Our State Song

Nevada Day Parade! Come Join The Fun!

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