Today is Nevada Day...
Celebrated on the last Friday of October since Californians voted to change it from the traditional October 31st...Halloween.
It was a vote of Nevada voters, but the voting results clearly show that voting stations heavy with transplanted Californians voted to change the date, while those dominated by second generation or later Nevadans wanted to keep it on the last day of October.
There are reasons:
Nevada students were always off on Halloween...making it less confusing, safer and allowing parties the night before and all day for all ages.
But most important Nevada became a state on October 31st, 1864, the last date where a state could count toward casting electoral votes in the tightly contested reelection of an unpopular president...Abraham Lincoln. That is why we are called the "Battle Born State"...because we were born of the Civil War.
So enjoy the day off and the considerable defusing of a proud state holiday one year prior to its sequential...as Nevada fades away into suburban LA.