Nevada Day is celebrated on last Friday in October every year. This year, it takes place on October 27. It’s the day to commemorate Nevada’s statehood as the 36th state to join the union, and only the second state to do so during the Civil War. This holiday is dedicated to celebrating the resilience of Nevadans throughout their years of hardship and paying respect to the people responsible for their admission to the United States. While Nevada is known as the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States, not many people know about its rich history. Beneath the facade of loud music, lights, and money, the story of how Nevada got to where it is now is worth exploring.
History of Nevada Day
Nevada wasn’t always the gorgeous, contemporary, cutting-edge destination it is today. Native American groups, including the Washoe, Paiute, and Shoshone, once lived throughout the state. When the Spaniards initially colonized the land, the tribes were displaced. They named the state ‘Nevada,’ which means ‘covered in snow’ in Spanish because the mountains are covered with snow throughout the winter months.
As part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, Mexico took sovereignty over Nevada after gaining independence in 1821. However, following the U.S. victory in the Mexican-American War in 1848, the state was rapidly recaptured by the U.S. and became part of the Utah Territory in 1850.
In 1859, Nevada established itself as a vital contributor to American soil after the discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode. This discovery made Nevada known to many people as the “Silver State.” This also led to a population boom, which was vital in its departure from the Utah Territory in 1861. On October 31, 1864, Nevada officially became the 36th state to be a part of the U.S. Union. Along with West Virginia, Nevada was one of the only two states to be granted statehood during the Civil War. This was after telegraphing the Constitution of Nevada days before the Presidential Election on November 8. At the time, this was recorded as the biggest and most expensive telegraph transmission ever. Its statehood was rushed to ensure three elector votes for Abraham Lincoln’s reelection, which also added to the Republican congressional majorities.
Nevada Day timeline
Nevada becomes part of Mexico.
The U.S. reclaims Nevada after its victory in the Mexican-American war.
Nevada becomes a part of Utah.
Silver is discovered in the Comstock Lode.
Nevada becomes the 36th state to join the U.S. Union.
Nevada Day FAQs
Does Nevada experience snow?
Nevada is one of the driest states in the U.S. with areas having semi-desert conditions. However, it does snow in the northern mountain regions and the Sierra Nevada.
How hot is it in Nevada?
Nevada’s average summer temperature is 84.6 °F.
Does Nevada have tornadoes?
On average, Nevada only has two tornadoes per year.
Nevada Day Activities
It's never a terrible idea to visit Las Vegas on Nevada Day, as corny as that may sound. Enjoy an unforgettable night of entertainment, delectable cuisine, and nonstop partying with your friends. Take a lot of pictures and use the hashtag #NationalNevadaDay to share them on social media.
Join the Grand Parade
If you want to commemorate the glory and patriotism of Nevadans, join the grand parade in Carson City. It’s the oldest and largest celebration of Nevada’s statehood.
Arrange nature trips
If you’re not up for a big scene in the city, then enjoy nature’s best in the countryside of Nevada. Arrange trips to tourist attractions like Great Basin National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, or the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area.
5 Interesting Facts About Nevada
Shrimp is the most consumed food
At an average of 60,000lbs a day, there is more shrimp consumed by Vegas residents in a day than the entire United States combined.
Nevada doesn’t have the lottery
Despite being the United States' gaming capital, Nevada is one of just seven states without a lottery.
Blue jeans origination
Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno, Nevada, is credited with inventing blue jeans.
Boxing in the U.S.
Back in 1910, Nevada was the only U.S. state that allowed boxing.
Origin of hard hats for construction workers
Hard hats worn by engineers and construction workers were first introduced in 1933 for the workers at Hoover Dam.
Why We Love Nevada Day
It shows a different side of Nevada
Most people think of food, drinks, and parties when it comes to Nevada. Nevada Day shines a different light on the state to uncover its other majestic spots such as nature reserves and rustic mountain conservation areas. It allows Nevada tourism to showcase its hidden treasures and underrated destinations.
Vegas never disappoints
Whether it’s your birthday, your wedding anniversary, a graduation party, or you simply just want to have a good time, visiting Las Vegas is always a must. It’s the pinnacle spot for people who want to experience entertainment at its finest — from residency concerts, and casinos, to the most top-notch restaurants in the world.
We love the western frontier
Another side of Nevada that most people don’t know about is the western frontier. Carson and Virginia City perfectly capture the spirit of the old and wild west.
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