Constitution Day 2023

September 16th & 17th

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in the western United States. Highlights of the weekend include a parade, Revolutionary War Living History, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a concert in the historic district.

The 57th Annual Constitution Day Parade will be held in the heart of historic Nevada City, a quaint and scenic Gold Rush town. The parade which makes its way through downtown includes marching bands, floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and the perennial favorite–the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent depiction of each U.S. president.

Revolutionary War Days!

The Delaware Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution will offer living history demonstrations of Revolutionary War soldiers drilling and firing, drilling of kids with mock muskets, music by the California Consolidated Drum Band, and colonial life living history. 

Weekend Events

  • Saturday, 9/16 from 10am-5pm
  • Sunday. 9/17 from 10am-12pm

The reenactments take place at Pioneer Park in Nevada City

Saturday, September 16th from 4:30-6:30pm – Open-Air Free Outdoor Concert by the Nevada County Concert Band on Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City

  • Bring Your Own Chair – a limited number of chairs are provided, but it’s highly encouraged to bring your own, so you don’t miss out.
  • Reenactment of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm
  • 57th Annual Constitution Day Parade – Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm

Sunday, September 17th – 31st Annual 49er Rotary Club Gold Country Duck Race, Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City.  


SUNDAY Shuttle, Noon to 6pm

Park for free at the Nevada County Government Center located just off of Highway 49 at 950 Maidu Avenue. Take the shuttle into town for free.

Getting Here

Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and unique events. 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, call the Chamber at (530) 265-2692

Parade Entry

Parade applications will open this summer.