• Mount Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, Lincoln framed by ponderosa pine trees under a bright blue sky.

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

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  • No sculpture illumination October 6, 7 and 8, 2014

    Due to replacement of the lighting system, the sculpture will not be illuminated on October 6, 7 and 8, 2014. The mountain will be illuminated for 30 minutes, beginning 1/2 hour after sunset, October 1- 5, and will resume nightly on October 9, 2014.

Evening Activities for July 3, 2012

5:30 p.m. Brass In Blue (United States Air Force band) sound check

6:00 p.m. Welcome, Superintendent Cheryl A. Schrier

6:15 p.m. Junior Ranger Ceremony, Superintendent Schrier

6:25 p.m. Introduction of Veteran Recognition, A Tradition of Service

6:35 p.m. Veteran's Recognition

6:45 p.m. Flag Folding Ceremony and Presentation, Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor
Guard

6:55 p.m. Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Ceremony, Rapid City military recruiters

7:10 p.m. Military Swearing in Ceremony, Ellsworth Air Force Base Commander Colonel
Weatherington

7:30 p.m. Ellsworth Air Force Base Commander Colonel Weatherington

7:50 p.m. Brass In Blue (United States Air Force band)

8:40 p.m. Sunset

9:10 p.m. Brass In Blue, National Anthem

Illumination of sculpture

Flag Retreat, Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Approximately 400 different people worked at Mount Rushmore during the carving process from October 1927 to October 1941. Although this work was dangerous, no lives were lost during the sculpting of the mountain.