Entertainment and Fireworks Celebrate Independence Day at Mount Rushmore
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MOUNT RUSHMORE N.M., S.D. – The annual fireworks at Mount Rushmore National Memorial ended a day full of patriotic entertainment and celebrations. Fire and weather experts monitored conditions throughout the day, and the decision to start the fireworks part of the show came at 9 p.m. By the end of the night, more than 5,200 shells and pyrotechnics had lit up the sky over the sculpture.
The 27-minute long fireworks display was seen by park visitors, viewers of the broadcast on KEVN, and the live web feed on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting website.
The fireworks were preceded by a day filled with music and dance for visitors at the park.
“Mount Rushmore celebrated our nation’s birthday with a rich diversity of music, entertainment, and patriotic tributes, “said superintendent Gerard Baker. “I would like to thank everyone who made this event possible. This event was a success because of the hundreds of hours volunteers and partners spent making it possible.”
The crowd stood in silence for the solemn flag folding ceremony held before the fireworks burst into the sky. Park officials estimate over 20,000 people visited Mount Rushmore on July 3. The patriotic celebration continues on July 4 with music and cultural entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. leading up to the regularly scheduled nightly sculpture illumination ceremony beginning at 9 p.m. Please see www.nps.gov/moru for a full program schedule.
Did You Know?
A man-made opening called the Hall of Records was created in the mountain behind the heads on Mount Rushmore. Gutzon Borglum and his carvers worked on the Hall of Records from July, 1938, until July, 1939, but it was never finished.