Happy Nevada Day! Yes, as a shamelessly proud native, I am a bit of a stickler for the detail that October 31 is technically Nevada's birthday. It was celebrated as such until the observation date was changed twenty three years ago.
In 2000 the Nevada Legislature designated celebration of the holiday to take place on the last Friday in October, hoping a three-day weekend would generate more interest. The majority of the celebratory events take place on the subsequent Saturday and it remains a slice of pure Americana that is grounded in the uniqueness of this place.
From the hours-long parade to the chili cook-off and beard contests; to the world championship single jack drilling competition; Nevada Day will forever be one of my favorite days of the year. If you live in (certainly northern) Nevada and haven't ever been, I may posit that you have yet to earn status as a true citizen of the silver state.
Mark your calendar now for October 26, 2024. You won't regret it!