RSVP hosts Independence Day Carnival again in Carson City

For the past 23 years, Nevada Rural Counties Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Inc. has sponsored the Independence Day Celebration at Mills Park in order to raise funds to support programs of service to Carson City elder Nevadans. RSVP’s mission is to help frail, homebound, and low-income seniors remain independent by providing high quality programs which allow them to stay in their own homes with dignity. Additionally, RSVP coordinates a volunteer network of seniors who use their skills and talents to provide support to community agencies and address community needs through service.

This year’s carnival and celebration begins Thursday, July 2, and continues through Sunday, July 5. The highlight of the event will be a pyrotechnic display, which will be set to patriotic music. To tune in, set radios to Magic 95.5 FM beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, for a live remote broadcast from the park, culminating with a musical accompaniment to the fireworks show at dusk in celebration of our nation’s independence.

Also featured on the Fourth of July will be live music by Jake Armer and the Hot Dogs from 2 to 6 p.m. Local musicians and bands are encouraged to apply to play in the remaining openings scheduled for Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. All types of music is encouraged but must be suitable for a family-friendly event and contain no offensive lyrics or stage show. A professional stage and sound system will be available for bands’ use. Additional local businesses are also needed to sponsor these bands.

Carnival wristband vouchers are on sale at Carson City Toyota-Scion, 2590 S. Carson St., for $20 each and are exchangeable for an all-day ride wristband, good for any one day during the weekend. Beginning Monday, they will also be available at Paradise Salon and Spa, 3430 Executive Point Way. The cost of wristbands purchased in advance is discounted by $10 each.

“All proceeds from the Fourth of July special event go towards services for Carson City seniors. RSVP programs are designed to provide person centered care which assists elders to remain independent and in their own homes with dignity and to remain a part of the community. Programs include services such as escorted transportation, volunteer companions for homebound persons, homemaker services, pro-bono legal services, personal emergency response systems, free farmers market coupons and many more valuable services provided by dedicated volunteers,” said Susan Haas, executive director and chief executive officer of RSVP.

For more information, go to, or contact Tannis Causey at or 775-687-4680, ext. 110. Craft and merchandise vendors as well as community groups are also encouraged to contact RSVP for a space.


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