Constitution Day 2018

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Highlights of this Sept 8th & 9th 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 52nd Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 8 & 9, 2018 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.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR DAYS!

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.

WEEKEND EVENTS

Saturday, Sept. 8

  • Revolutionary War Living History at Pioneer Park, 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. 9

  • 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
  • 52nd 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
  • 27th 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. 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.

Constitution Day Events Sept. 7-8

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WEEKEND EVENTS

Saturday, Sept. 7

  • Revolutionary War Living History 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. 8

  • Revolutionary War Living History 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

4th of July Celebration Sponsors Needed

Dear Community Friends:

The 4th of July Committee is comprised of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & Grass Valley Downtown Association. As has been the tradition for many years, the 4th of July Committee is pleased to host the 4th of July parade which will be held in downtown Grass Valley this year.  The western Nevada County community loves the hometown parade and fireworks and we want to continue to present a great show.  This is a HUGE Nevada County event, however and we are asking for your support!

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for such as rental of the fairgrounds ($6,000), the Fire Marshal’s time ($900), traffic control ($767) Fireworks ($10,000), golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on.

As you can see, it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community.  We understand that this year may be difficult but we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

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There are a variety of packages to choose from ranging from sponsoring bands and underwriting the Porta-Potties to being a major sponsor.  Please take a moment to view the 4th Sponsorship page and return the form to the Grass Valley Downtown Association office by May 1, 2011.

Thank you for your enthusiastic community spirit in support of an important event.

Sincerely yours,
4th of July Committee

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Mardi Gras Weekend Festivities, March 5-6

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

  • Featuring the Holcomb Bros. Band
  • (Traditional Cajun food available)
  • Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011, Hours:  8-midnight
  • Tickets $10 advance/$15 at the door  (advance tickets recommended)
  • 265-2692 or www.nevadacitychamber.com

Mardi Gras Parade

  • (Premier Mardi Gras celebration in the Sierra foothills)
  • Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2 p.m.
  • Free Event for the Whole Family.  Dress in your finest Mardi Gras attire!

Mardi Gras Street Faire

  • North Pine Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011, Hours: 11-4
  • Food, drink, craft, clothing vendors.

Call for Entries for Mardi Gras Parade, March 6

The Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade is known for its colorful, off-the-wall and often zany parade entries.  You can be part of this year’s fun.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has announced that entries are open for this year’s parade, which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Mar. 6, in historic downtown Nevada City.

The $25 entry fee applies to individuals, groups, marching bands, floats, classic cars, equestrians and all other entries.  Applications are available from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street.  Call 265-2692.

Chamber officials are reminding participants that safety will be a priority at the family parade.  There is no throwing of beads and trinkets to the crowd (items must be handed), no water will be sprayed and all motorized vehicles will be monitored for safety.

Constitution Day Parade & Celebration Sept. 11-12

The 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a full weekend of festivities Sept.11-12 in this colorful 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 about 100 entries and caps a number of other activities including Civil War reenactments in Pioneer Park , the Gold Country Duck Race on the rapids of Deer Creek and a free outdoor big band concert featuring the Nevada County Concert Band in the downtown historic district.

The parade through the heart of downtown Nevada City includes 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. At least seven marching bands will participate in this year’s event.

Nevada 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 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.

Sunday parade-goers may park for free at the Nevada County Government Center on Highway 49 and ride an event shuttle to the downtown parade. All-day fares (10am-6pm) are $3 per individual or family, and free to those in historical costume and youth 12 and under.

Weekend Events

SATURDAY, Sept. 11

Pancake Breakfast: Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, 7-10:30am, $6

Gold Country Duck Race “The KenDucky Derby”: Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City, 11am-3pm

Civil War Reenactments: Pioneer Park, 1pm and 4pm

Nevada County Concert Band, Free Concert: Pine Street, 5:30-7pm

Classic Cars & Hot Rod Cruise-In: Broad Street, 5:30-8pm

SUNDAY, Sept. 12

Pancake Breakfast: Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park 7-10:30am, $6

Civil War Reenactment: Pioneer Park, 11am

44th Annual Constitution Day Parade: Broad Street, 2pm

Nevada City is located on the forested 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 and a complete weekend schedule of events, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.  Or, call the chamber at (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Parade and Community Celebration for Nevada City Fire Department 150th

parade_downhillYou are invited to a community celebration on Saturday, June 19th.

The day will begin at 11:00 AM with a procession of vintage and modern firefighting equipment from the top of Broad Street through historic downtown Nevada City.

The community celebration will be held at the Eric Rood Government Center at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959.  Opening ceremonies will commence at noon, featuring past and present members of the fire department, local and state dignitaries, and the Nevada County Fire honor guard performing a flag raising ceremony.

The afternoon will include equipment demonstrations, fun activities for kids, and educational presentations. There will be lunch and other refreshments available from several local vendors.

For more information visit www.nevadacityfire.com

Rich Brooks to be Grand Marshall

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Rich Brooks will be the Grand Marshall for the Nevada City 4th of July Parade. Rich is the former head football coach at the University of Kentucky. Prior to Kentucky, he won the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for national coach of the year after leading Oregon to the 1995 Rose Bowl.

The 4th of July parade “Hometown Heroes”, will be Sunday, July 4th at 2 p.m. in downtown Nevada City. Rich Brooks was born in Forest, near Alleghany, and attended local schools. For more information, see the Fourth of July.

Gerry and Denise Anderson Named King and Queen of NC Mardi Gras

Denise & Gerry Anderson, Mardi Gras 2010Longtime Nevada City Chamber of Commerce boosters Gerry and Denise Anderson have been named as King and Queen of the 2010 Nevada City Mardi Gras Celebration.

Ray and Linda Pullizi of Nevada City have been named as Duke and Duchess for this year’s event.  The selections were announced this week by the Nevada City Mardi Gras Committee.

The honorees will join Parade Grand Marshal Bob Breck of KNCO Radio as featured guests in the 2010 Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, Feb. 14.  The parade rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.

For nearly 20 years, the Andersons have been among the chamber’s most active and enthusiastic volunteers, said Executive Manager Cathy Whittlesey.

“They’re always there when you need them,” said Whittlesey.  “They’re the kind of people who roll up their sleeves and get the job done.  They always have smiles on their faces.  Their hearts are truly in Nevada City.”

Denise Anderson, who pursued a career in banking, served for 17 years as the Nevada City Chamber’s treasurer.  Gerry Anderson, a self-employed contractor, helps with special event organization and has lent his construction skills at the chamber office.

The Pulizzis have been very active volunteer supporters of Mardi Gras in recent years.  They and fellow members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club are among the event’s most avid supporters.

Mardi Gras weekend kicks off Feb. 13 with the annual Masquerade Ball at Miners Foundry, featuring the Holcomb Brothers Band.  Tickets are $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  Contact the sponsoring Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692 or www.nevadacitychamber.com.

Mardi Gras Celebration in Historic Nevada City

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NEVADA CITY –  Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.
Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.
The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.   Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.
This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band.   Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.
Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended.  Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.
Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.
Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events.   With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Visitors should plan to arrive early 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 scenic 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 Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20.  From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.
Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO  News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.

Mardi Gras Drummers 2005NEVADA CITY –  Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.

Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.   Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.

This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band.   Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.

Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended.  Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.

Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events.   With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Visitors should plan to arrive early 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 scenic 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 Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20.  From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.

Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO  News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.

Fourth of July Celebration 2018

Advance Tickets Online $10

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2018 4th of July Parade Application

2018 4th of July Vendor Application

A colorful parade in historic downtown Nevada City and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2018 Fourth of July celebration in Nevada County.

The parade will be Wednesday, July 4th at 11am which will include approx. 75 entries. The festive parade makes its way down Broad Street in downtown Nevada City.  Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, craft fair, bounce houses, face painters , balloons, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m.

Discounted tickets available: Tickets in advance are $10, at the gate $15. To purchase advance tickets online click here. Both Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers have tickets for sale at their locations. Grass Valley Chamber, 128 East Main Street, Grass Valley, 530.273.4667. Nevada City Chamber, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, 530.265-2692.

No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

Nevada City and Grass Valley are located at the 2,500-foot elevation, off state routes 49 and 20, a one-hour drive northeast of Sacramento. From the capital city (60 miles), take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north. From Marysville (35 miles) and the north valley, take eastbound Highway 20. From Reno (80 miles), take westbound I-80 and westbound Highway 20.

The Nevada County Fourth of July celebration is co-sponsored by the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

For information, call GV Chamber (530) 273-4667, (800) 655-4667 or NC Chamber (530) 265-2692, (800) 655-6569.

Thank You

2018 Sponsors!!

The Union Economy Pest Control Cirinos at Main Street KNCO Cascades of Grass Valley SPD Shellys Smart Shopper KVMR State Farm Nevada City Winery Gold-n-Green Nevada County Gold Telestream