Constitution Day 2022 – Rotary Duck Race

After a two-year hiatus

Highlights of this event weekend include a parade, Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek, and a concert in the historic district.

The 54th Annual Constitution Day Parade will be held in this historic California Gold Rush town.

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a 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 60 entries and culminates other activities including Revolutionary War Living History in Pioneer Park, the Gold Country Duck Race on Deer Creek.

The parade 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.  Flag raising and a reading of the Declaration of Independence is at 10am each day; activities end at 5pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday.

Finally, after two years…

Weekend Events

Saturday

  • Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 10am to 5pm
  • Open Air Free Outdoor Concert “Dancing with the Presidents” by the Nevada County Concert Band (with guests The Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City) on Pine Street, Downtown Nevada City, 4:30-6:15pm

Sunday

  • 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
  • 54th Annual Constitution Day Parade – Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City, 2pm
  • 30th Annual 49er Rotary Club Gold Country Duck Race, Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City.  Carnival from 1pm, Racing begins at 2:30pm.

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. 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

If you want to participate in the parade, please complete our entry form.