Learn More About the History Behind Nevada Day

History of Nevada Day

When is Nevada Day? Nevada became a state (admitted to the Union) October 31, 1864, so Nevada Day is October 31st of each year. However, with the passage of AB396 by the 1997 Nevada State Legislature, Nevada voters, on November 3, 1998 advised the 1999 legislature they wanted to celebrate Nevada Day on the "last" Friday in October beginning in 2000. The legislature, after much heated debate, complied.

Nevada Day is presently a state holiday recognized on the last Friday in October with the parade on the Saturday following.

This year Nevada Day will be observed Friday, October 25, 2013 and the Nevada Day Parade will be held Saturday, October 26, starting promptly at 10:00am rain or shine!

Nevadans love a parade and what better way to celebrate our heritage! Each October, Nevadans turn their attention to Carson City, Nevada's state capital, home of the Nevada Day Parade.

The theme for our 2013 parade is "Nevada Day Parade celebrates 75 years - 1938 to 2013". This is our annual coming together to celebrate our heritage and the founding of our great state! Now, more that a century old, Nevada Day and its many activities include: the parade, numerous contests, arts, music, and other family-oriented activities is un-equaled anywhere in the United States.

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.

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.


View a pictorial history of the Nevada Day parade,
courtesy of the Nevada State Museum

Visit the Photo Gallery to view scenes from the 2010 Nevada Day Parade

History & Quick Links To Nevada Facts

Admission to Statehood: October 31, 1864
Biographies: Famous Nevadans
State Bird: Mountain Bluebird

State Reptile: The Desert Tortoise
Climate: Nevada
Community Pages: 50 States List
Constitution: 36th State
Flag: Nevada State Flag
State Flower: Sagebrush
History: Historical

Motto: "All for Our Country"

Museums: The Virtual Library
Nickname: The Silver State
Population: Quick facts
Song: Home Means Nevada
Tourism: Discover Nevada
Tree: Single leaf pinon and bristlecone pine
Past Nevada Day Themes