Constitution Day Parade & Celebration Sept 12 & 13

Const-Hilary-ObamaNevada City Hosts Festive Parade & Celebration Sept. 12-13

The 49th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a full weekend of family fun Sept. 12-13 in this colorful Gold Rush town.

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and has been reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America. This year’s theme is “Freedom of The Press.”

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features about 80 entries and caps a number of other activities including Revolutionary War living history, a free community hike, duck race down the rapids of Deer Creek, and free outdoor big band concert.

Const-NCBandNevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and unique events.   With an official population of just 3,001, Nevada City swells to thousands more on Constitution Day.

Celebrants should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the Broad Street parade route. Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.

Nevada City is located on the western slope of the Sierra midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City. From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.

For more information and a complete weekend schedule of events, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY or see

Constitution Day Weekend Events

FRIDAY, Sept. 11

The Civil War: Cinematic Perspectives
Presented by Nevada City Film Festival
Miners Foundry, 5:30pm

SATURDAY, Sept. 12

Revolutionary War Days Living History
Free, Pioneer Park, 10am to 5pm

Community Hike, Hirschman Pond Trail
Free, Bear Yuba Land Trust, 10am

Open Air Downtown Concert
Free, Nevada County Concert Band
Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 4:30pm

SUNDAY, Sept. 13

Revolutionary War Days Living History
Pioneer Park, 10am to noon

Signing of the U.S. Constitution
Reenactment, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm

49th Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade
“Freedom of The Press”
Presented by Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M.
Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm

49er Rotary Gold Country Duck Race
Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City
Carnival from 1pm., Racing begins at 2:30