LAS VEGAS (KNSN & MyNews3) -- For people who have the day off from work Friday in observance of Nevada Day, they might thank Abraham Lincoln.
It was during his presidency our state joined the union.
Many of people might have the day off tomorrow in observance of Nevada Day. Our state's birthday isn't until the 31, but the holiday is now celebrated the Friday: before and this year The party is lasting a bit longer.
This weekend kicks off a yearlong celebration as Nevada closes in on its 150th birthday.
A self-guided tour around the Nevada history museum at the Springs Preserve offers information on mining and the early pioneers. The museum lays out why and how, our state came to be and this year kicks off our 150th birthday bash.
“That's a big deal, America is a young country and 150 is a big deal,” said Caroline Kunioka, the Curator of Collections and History for the museum.
Friday is free admission day at the museum. This is just one of the statewide events, organized by a special governor's commission to celebrate Nevada’s big milestone.
“We have the parade up in Carson City, we're going to unveil a refurbished Spanish Trail marker down here at one point during the weekend so this is the official, unofficial kick off of a year of sesquecentennial events,” said Randy Snow, a Nevada 150 Commissioner.
Snow says from commemorative medallions, to license plates, Nevada is going all out for its 150th.