Reno 150 sesquicentennial celebration begins

May 6, 2017

Reno 150 sesquicentennial birthday celebration, Nevada, NV
Reno 150 is the city’s year-long effort to celebrate Reno’s 150th birthday. The community is invited to attend the official Reno 150 Kickoff Event on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at City Plaza, located at 30 North Virginia Street between City Hall and the Truckee River.

The free family-friendly Reno 150 Kickoff Event, part of the State of Nevada’s Historic Preservation and Archaeology Awareness Month in May 2017, will include:

  • Several speakers, including City of Reno elected officials, new Reno City Manager Sabra Newby and members of several local historical organizations and groups.
  • A 149th birthday cake.
  • A photo booth with the backdrop of a painting titled “Reno Twenty Years Ago” by C.B. McClellan. The 1882 painting depicts early Reno and includes Myron Lake and Chief Winnemucca standing together in front of the Lake House and a Truckee River toll bridge.
  • Entertainment by the Reno Municipal Band and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
  • Snapshots of Reno history, including the Reno Rodeo’s Chuck Wagon, a vehicle from Hot August Nights, a balloon from The Great Reno Balloon Race and showgirls wearing MGM Costumes.
  • Mascots from Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno Aces baseball, and Reno 1868 FC soccer.

There will be more Reno 150 themed events during 2017 and 2018, including the Reno Veterans Day Parade, Holiday Tree lighting, and the Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th birthday) in downtown Reno on May 9, 2018. Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868.

Source: City of Reno information and image.

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