This year will be our states 156th birthday, and also marks 82 year’s since the Nevada Day Celebration moved to our Capitol, and
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.