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

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

Independence Day Events 2013

Activities scheduled for the Independence Day celebration July 3 and 4 at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Have you ever wanted to meet or ask a question of a President of the United States? The four presidents carved into Mount Rushmore will be portrayed by professional Reenactors Carl Closs as George Washington, Tom Pitz as Thomas Jefferson, Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln and Gib Young as Theodore Roosevelt, through July 3 and 4.

The Reenactor's schedule on July 3rd includes a Presidential Press Conference starting at 9:30 am in the Carver's Cafe. The Presidential Reenactors will then be delivering programs and signing autographs at assigned times in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.

Other daytime activities scheduled for July 3rd are Park Ranger and singer-songwriter Jeff Wolin from the Junior Park Ranger Band, world champion hoop dancer Jasmine Pickner teaching hoop dancing and children's entertainer and children's performer Phil Baker delivering performances on the Grand View Terrace.

Native flutist Sequoia Crosswhite will be portraying native stories and playing flute in the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village.

Starting at 6 pm hosted by the National Park Service in the main amphitheater the Rapid City, South Dakota, Municipal Band will be performing, a flag folding ceremony featuring the Ellsworth Air Force Base (EAFB) Honor Guard, a military recruit oath of enlistment delivered by EAFB commander, Colonel Kevin Kennedy, and concluded with the lighting of the sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore, as we are led in the singing of our National Anthem by the Rapid City Municipal band.

The schedule for Independence Day includes the Presidential Reenactors during the day starting at 10:30 am and a traditional Evening Lighting Ceremony starting at 9 pm held in the Main Amphitheater at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

July 3rd and 4th Activities


Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Geologists estimate that the granite at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will erode only 1 inch every 10,000 years.