Status of Fireworks Program still Uncertain
Contact: Amy Bracewell, 605-574-3147
Contact: Tom Farrell, 650-574-3147
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — Forecasted hot temperatures and dry conditions have officials at Mount Rushmore National Memorial concerned about the status of the planned July 3rd fireworks show. Only twice within the last week have the relative humidity and fuel conditions been within the allowable limits at the time of the scheduled fireworks launch.
“The increase in temperature is drying out the air which is making the relative humidity drop below allowable limits,” said memorial Superintendent Gerard Baker. “We need to have lower temperatures and higher humidity levels to allow the fireworks to launch. We will continue to monitor these conditions as we enjoy the rest of the celebrations.”
Based on weather and fuel conditions, the decision to cancel the fireworks could come early in the afternoon. If conditions appear favorable in the afternoon, the fireworks could still be cancelled if launch criteria are not within acceptable limits at the planned 9:15 p.m. start time.
The park opens at 7 a.m. and entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with Brulé, an award-winning music group known for their inspirational vocals and instrumentals. Entertainment continues throughout the afternoon and evening with musical acts, presidential re-enactors, children’s programs on four stages located throughout the memorial and military flyovers.
For current information on events at Mount Rushmore, call the memorial at 605-574-2523 and press 5.
Did You Know?
Over 90% of Mount Rushmore was carved using dynamite. Dynamite blasts removed approximately 450,000 tons of rock from the mountain.