Nevadan's love a parade, but Nevada Day is more than just a parade, it's a grand celebration commemorating Nevada's entry into the Union on October 31, 1864. Nevadan's have the distinction of holding the largest statehood celebration in the nation! The celebration in the State's capital, Carson City, features a large assortment of activities including the Nevada Day Parade, music and arts shows, a Carnival, Pancake Breakfast at the Governor's Mansion, Nevada Day Classic Run/Walk, World Championship Rock Drilling Contest, Beard Contest, Annual Chili Feed, free local concerts and more!
on OCTOBER 27, 2018
The Capital of Nevada

Nevada Day is more than just a parade! It is Nevada's Heritage Celebration, a gathering of community spirit to salute our state's past and look ahead to its future. Nevada Day is a grand celebration commemorating admission to statehood on October 31, 1864. Nevadan's have the distinction of holding the largest statehood celebration in the nation! 

The highlight is the Nevada Day Parade.

Man dressed as Kit Carson (standing with gun) for the first official Admission Day Pageant in Carson City, Nevada, 1938. 

Over 200 entries (led by law enforcement and public officials) include floats, marching bands, horses, entertainers, youth groups, celebrity guests and even Burning Man creations. Food, drink and souvenir vendors line the streets, as well as local businesses featuring food and beverage specials.

Governor Vail Pittman on horseback during an Admission Day parade in Carson City, Nevada, 1949. 

This year will be our states 154th birthday, and also marks 80 year's since the Nevada Day Celebration moved to our Capitol, and featured a parade downtown, on main street Carson City. 

Our Theme for this year's Nevada Day Celebration is "A State of Economic Diversity", which showcases the extremely diverse economic makeup of our beautiful state - one of the most diverse in the Union, we feel, but you be the judge. 

Everything from:  Tourism to Technology, Construction to Cuisine, Mining to Manufacturing, Health care to Hospitality, Gaming to Banking, Energy to Renewable Energy, Ranching to Agriculture, Auto Dealers to Service Centers, Real Estate to Warehousing, Arts to Entertainment. The list goes on and on!

In 2000, the Nevada Legislature decided to celebrate the holiday on a Friday, hoping that a three-day weekend would generate more interest. Nevada Day is now observed on the last Friday in October. But most of the big events in Carson City, including the parade, occur on the following Saturday.
Kelly Richmond