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