Constitution Day 2017


Highlights of this Sept 9 & 10 weekend include a parade, Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a free outdoor big band concert in the downtown historic district.

The 51st Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 9 & 10, 2017 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 the perennial crowd favorites the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City, a humorous but reverent group that portrays each U.S. president.


The Delaware Regiment of the Brigade of the American Revolution will be offering 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.  Flag raising to music and reading of the Declaration of Independence will be at 10am each day, and activities conclude at 5pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. Delaware Revolutionary War Days Schedule


Saturday, Sept. 9

  • Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to 5pm
  • Sidewalk Sale in Historic Downtown Nevada City, 10am to 5pm
  • Open Air Free Outdoor Concert by the  Nevada County Concert Band on Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 4:30-6:15pm

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to noon
  • Reenactment of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution, Broad and Pine streets, 1:30pm
  • 51st Annual Constitution Day Parade – Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm
  • Grand Isle Fire Brigade Concert – In front of the National Hotel Immediately following the parade
  • 26th Annual 49er Rotary Club Gold Country Duck Race, Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City.  Carnival from 1pm, Racing begins at 2:30pm.

Official 2017 Program

SUNDAY Shuttle, Noon to 6pm

Park for free at the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Avenue. Take the shuttle into town.

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, call the Chamber at (530) 265-2692 or 1-800-655-NJOY.

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