Nevada Day History

As proud native Las Vegans, we were pleased to revisit some neat facts about the Silver State in observance of the holiday coming up this Friday. Before we begin, please note that our office will be closed this Friday, October 27, 2017 in observance of the Nevada Day holiday. In fact, county offices, schools, most banks, and many other businesses are closed in observance of Nevada Day.
Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864 and locally has become synonymous with Halloween! Nevada Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October each year as it commemorates our state’s frontier legacy and more importantly, its entry into the union. This local holiday is celebrated throughout the state but some of the more festive celebrations are up north in the capital of Carson City. There is a large parade that has been held every year since 1938 and some people even go on a tour of the governor’s mansion while others take part in a Nevada Day pow-wow. The famous governor’s ball is held each evening and draws a huge crowd!
Some neat background information about our great state worth knowing is that in 1859 Nevada was an area that was not well known among settlers. Following Henry Comstock’s discovery of gold in the same year, his Comstock Lode produced over a billion dollars from silver and gold mining and settlers flocked to Nevada.
Symbols of Nevada include:
The Desert Bighorn Sheep as the state animal.
The Mountain Blue Bird as the state bird.
The Sagebrush as the state flower
The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout as the state fish
The Desert Tortoise as the state reptile and
Black Fire Opal as the state’s precious gem.
Nevada’s state song is “Home Means Nevada” and our slogan is simply “Battle Born” representing Nevada being born during the battle of the Civil War. Our flag and state colors are silver and blue.

We hope all of you get some time to enjoy this holiday celebrating this wonderful and very scenic state!