Nevada Day in United States
Quick FactsNevada Day is an annual state holiday celebrated in Nevada, the United States, on the last Friday of October. It commemorates the statehood of Nevada, which took place on October 31, 1864.
|Día de Nevada||Spanish|
Nevada Day 2013Friday, October 25, 2013
Nevada Day 2014Friday, October 31, 2014
List of dates for other years
Nevada Day is a state holiday in Nevada in the United States. It is celebrated on the last Friday of October each year. It commemorates Nevada’s frontier legacy and its entry into the Union as the 36th state on October 31 in 1864.
What do people do?
Nevada Day is a legal holiday throughout the state but some of the most festive celebrations are in Carson City where a large parade has been held since 1938. Other events held to celebrate Nevada Day in Carson City may include a rock drilling contest, battle of bands, a beard contest, and various sporting events. Some people go on a tour of the governor’s mansion, while others take part in a Nevada Day pow-wow. There are also evening events such as concerts or balls.
Nevada day is state holiday in Nevada so county offices (except emergency services), educational institutions, some banks, and many businesses are closed. The Nevada State Bank is open although some branches may close early. People are advised to check public transit schedules first before they decide to travel via public transport during a public holiday.
In 1859 Nevada was an area that was not well known among settlers. Following Henry Comstock’s discovery of gold in 1859, with his Comstock Lode producing over a billion dollars from silver and gold mining, settlers flocked to Nevada. Within two years it became a territory. Nevada then became a state on October 31, 1864.
The first mention of a grand celebration of Nevada’s admission was in a journalist’s diary in 1873. After that the Pioneer society held a banquet on October 31, 1889. The state of Nevada officially recognized its birthday when Governor Roswell Colcord signed a bill in 1891 making October 31 a judicial holiday when no court business would be transacted on that day. In 1933 the state legislature passed a bill to designate October 31 as Nevada Day, a discretionary state holiday.
In 1948 October 31 fell on a Sunday for the first time since the Nevada Day parade was held (in 1938) so the day was held on the following Monday instead. The law on this holiday was amended in the following year so if October 31 fell on a Sunday then Nevada Day state holiday was held on the following Monday. In 1971, the law governing holidays was amended to designate Friday as the state holiday when October 31 falls on a Saturday.
On November 3, 1998, Nevada voters advised the 1999 legislature that they wanted to celebrate Nevada Day on the last Friday of October beginning in 2000. The legislature eventually complied. Since then, Nevada Day has been celebrated on the last Friday of October. Nevada Day is October 31 but is to be observed on the last Friday in October.
Nevada’s symbols include: the Desert Bighorn Sheep (state animal); the Mountain Blue Bird (state bird); the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (state fish); the sagebrush (state flower); the Ichthyosaur (state fossil); the black fire opal (state precious gem); and the desert tortoise (state reptile). Nevada’s state song is “Home Means Nevada”, the state slogan is “Battle Born”, and the state colors are silver and blue.
The state seal is the first symbol Nevada adopted (February 24, 1886). It is a gold seal embossed with the words “The Great Seal of the State of Nevada” around the outer edge. Within this is a composite picture showing the mining, agriculture, industry, and scenery of Nevada, under which is a scroll with the state motto, “All for Our Country”.
Nevada Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Wed||Oct 31||1990||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Thu||Oct 31||1991||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 30||1992||Nevada Day observed||State holiday||Nevada|
|Sat||Oct 31||1992||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Sun||Oct 31||1993||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Mon||Nov 1||1993||Nevada Day observed||State holiday||Nevada|
|Mon||Oct 31||1994||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Tue||Oct 31||1995||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Thu||Oct 31||1996||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 31||1997||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 30||1998||Nevada Day observed||State holiday||Nevada|
|Sat||Oct 31||1998||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Sun||Oct 31||1999||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Mon||Nov 1||1999||Nevada Day observed||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 27||2000||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 26||2001||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 25||2002||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 31||2003||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 29||2004||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 28||2005||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 27||2006||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 26||2007||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 31||2008||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 30||2009||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 29||2010||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 28||2011||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 26||2012||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 25||2013||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 31||2014||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 30||2015||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 28||2016||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 27||2017||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 26||2018||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 25||2019||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
|Fri||Oct 30||2020||Nevada Day||State holiday||Nevada|
Other holidays in October 2013 in United States
- International Day of Older Persons ―Tuesday, October 1, 2013
- International Day of Non-Violence ―Wednesday, October 2, 2013
- Feast of St Francis of Assisi ―Friday, October 4, 2013
- World Teachers' Day ―Saturday, October 5, 2013
- World Habitat Day ―Monday, October 7, 2013
- Child Health Day ―Monday, October 7, 2013
- Leif Erikson Day ―Wednesday, October 9, 2013
- International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction ―Wednesday, October 9, 2013
- World Post Day ―Wednesday, October 9, 2013
- World Mental Health Day ―Thursday, October 10, 2013
- World Sight Day ―Thursday, October 10, 2013
- International Day of the Girl Child ―Friday, October 11, 2013
- Indigenous People's Day ―Monday, October 14, 2013
- Native Americans' Day ―Monday, October 14, 2013
- Columbus Day ―Monday, October 14, 2013
- White Cane Safety Day ―Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- Eid al-Adha ―Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- International Day of Rural Women ―Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- Boss's Day ―Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- World Food Day ―Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty ―Thursday, October 17, 2013
- Alaska Day ―Friday, October 18, 2013
- World Development Information Day ―Thursday, October 24, 2013
- United Nations Day ―Thursday, October 24, 2013
- World Day for Audiovisual Heritage ―Sunday, October 27, 2013
- World Stroke Day ―Tuesday, October 29, 2013
- Halloween ―Thursday, October 31, 2013
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