The 48th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 13 & 14, 2014 in this historic California Gold Rush town.
Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.
The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.
The parade through the downtown historic district includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and perennial crowd favorites such as the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR DAYS!
The Delaware Regiment of the American Revolution will be offering living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, drilling of kids with mock muskets and hats, music by the California Consolidated Drum Band, and colonial life living history. Flag raising to music and reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 9am each day, and activities conclude at 5pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. (Tentative Schedule)
Friends of Nevada County Military presents an exhibition of photos of service men and women from Nevada County who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Exhibit at City Hall, 317 Broad Street: Saturday Noon to 4:30pm; Sunday 12:30 to 2pm. (Tentative Schedule)
Saturday, Sept. 13 (Tentative Schedule)
- Revolutionary War Living History Activities at Pioneer Park, 9am to 5pm
- Sidewalk Sale in Historic Downtown Nevada City from 10am to 5pm
- Photo Exhibit Tribute to Military Veterans at City Hall, Noon-4:30pm
- Open Air Free Concert by the Nevada County Concert Band on Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 5-6:30pm
Sunday, Sept. 14 (Tentative Schedule)
- Revolutionary War Living History Activities at Pioneer Park, 9am to noon
- Photo Exhibit Tribute to Military Veterans at City Hall, 12:30 to 2pm
- Signing of the U.S. Constitution Reenactment, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm
- 47th Annual Constitution Day Parade, Presented by Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M., on Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm
- 49er Rotary Club Gold Country Duck Race at Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City. Carnival from 1p.m., Racing begins at 2:30
SUNDAY Shuttle, 12pm to 6pm
Park for free at the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Avenue. Take the shuttle into town and to Pioneer Park.
Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and unique events. With an official population of 3001, Nevada City swells to 10,000 or more on Constitution Day.
Celebrants should plan to arrive about an hour before parade time to get a good vantage point along the parade route. Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.
Nevada City is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains 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, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Call the chamber at (530) 265-2692 or 1-800-655-NJOY.