Here's why Nevada Day is better than your state holiday
Nevadans celebrated Nevada Day in Carson City with a lengthy parade, a beard contest and a rock-drilling competition. Jenny Kane/RGJ
All due respect to Casimir Pulaski and Harry S. Truman (nobody’s complaining about a three-day weekend), but the Silver State’s holiday sets the standard by celebrating Nevadan staples like imbibing, cavorting and gambling, often in costume.Nevada Day is here, which means it’s that special time of year where folks statewide celebrate an undeniable, irrefutable, indefatigable reality: our state holiday (and state in general, for that matter) is better than yours.
You may not understand if you’re not local – odds are your state doesn’t even find itself cool enough to celebrate (more on that in a second) – but here are a few reasons why Nevada Day is a state holiday unlike any other.
Nevada Day is better than most state days for one simple reason: most states don’t even have one.
Whether they spend the day afloat on Lake Tahoe, participate in more traditional, family-friendly fare or save their energy for a night on the town, Nevadans like to party and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, if your state doesn’t even have the self-respect to throw itself a little shindig once a year, how is any other state ever going to respect it? We’re looking at you on this one, Idaho (and no, trying to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day your own private holiday doesn’t count).
We don’t need a stupid theme
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the theme lady who tries to spice up every occasion with a gimmick.
You went to school with one. You work with one. You’re probably even related to one. The thing is, you don’t want your state to be one.
But state days aren’t kid stuff and if yours has a theme that wouldn’t cut it at a high school homecoming dance, such as dressing up like a pioneer (seriously, Utah?), is your state even worth celebrating to begin with?
The only thing worse than not having a state day at all is trying to dress one up with a lame theme. Don’t be that state.
Nevadans celebrate their day by doing Nevada things like being awesome. Your state should try it sometime.
Adult Christmas, anyone?
While Nevada Day doesn’t always fall exactly on Halloween, sitting on the last Friday of October makes it the Official Party Night of All Hallows’ Eve Weekend. Not only does Nevada Day provide an extra day off, it’s the ultimate double whammy of adult holiday debauchery. Beat that.
Let’s be honest, this is about much more than a holiday, it’s about the state it honors. Nevada Day derives its greatness from the last true vestige of the Old West where you can party all night and do just about anything you damn well please. Sure, there are the standard parades and cook-outs you’ll experience elsewhere. You can keep it tame and grab some great food at local spots like Louis’ Basque Corner or Campo. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Head to any of the great casinos in town and hit the tables or slots. Find a bar on the river like Sierra Taphouse and enjoy a night out with friends. Dance your butt off at Lex, Edge or Aura. The best part is that the night doesn’t end until you say it does because most Nevadans are unfamiliar with the term “last call.”
Nevada Day is the embodiment of one of the most interesting, unique states in America and that’s why it’s more fun than your state’s holiday.
Now before you get all angry and “Texas Forever,” there’s one thing you should know: Nevadans love company. So instead of arguing, join the fun and enjoy.
As the old saying goes, “when in Reno.”