This year will be our states 156th birthday, and also marks 82 year’s since the Nevada Day Celebration moved to our Capitol, and featured a large parade downtown, on main street Carson City.
The 2020 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 2020, specific periods in time during our 156 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 cost 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 11th year with Nevada Day Inc., I never tire of seeing the pride and joy of my fellow Nevadan’s as we celebrate out states birthday!
Ken Hamilton, Executive Director, Nevada Day Inc.