On October 31, 1864, the state of Nevada joined the Union as the 36th state. Not only does Nevada Day celebrate the state's 154th birthday, but residents and visitors celebrate all things Nevada. Today, Nevada Day is celebrated on the final Friday in November.
Fun Facts About Nevada
- Nevada was named after the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
- Nevada was the second state added to the Union during the Civil War which is why it is known as the Battle Born State. (West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863.)
- Nevada has more than 300 natural hot springs
- The longest Morse Code telegram ever sent was the Nevada state constitution. The telegram was sent from Carson City to Washington D.C. in 1864 and likely took several hours.
- Nevada is the only state to possess a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile. The skeleton is about 55 feet long. The ichtyosaur is Nevada's state fossil.
Nevada Day Events
Nevada Day Parade- This year's theme is “A State of Economic Diversity”, which showcases the extremely diverse economic makeup of Nevada. The parade takes place along Carson Street in Carson City. It will begin at 10:00 a.m. on at the intersection of William Street and N. Carson Street, and ends at the intersection of Stewart Street and South Carson Street around noon.
Nevada Day Carnival- Enjoy carnival rides, live music, food booths, and craft vendors.
Carson City Historical Tour- This free tour begins on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the front courtyard of the Nevada State Museum. Explore the historic West Side of Carson City where many notable residents have lived. This is a 90-minute walking tour. Call Debbie Lane at 775-841-4456 for more information.
Nevada State Rail Road Museum- Admission to the museum is free on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 in honor of Nevada Day.