• 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.

Independence Day Events

Activities scheduled for the Independence Day Celebration July 3 and 4, 2014 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 world champion hoop dancer Jasmine Pickner teaching hoop dancing 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 Welcome by Cheryl Schreier, Mount Rushmore Superintendent, followed by the Junior Ranger Ceremony and POW Missing Man Ceremony. In the main amphitheater the United States Air Force Academy Falconaires and the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band. A flag folding ceremony featuring the Ellsworth Air Force Base (EAFB) Honor Guard, a military swearing in ceremony, 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 United States Air Force Academy Band.

The schedule for Independence Day (July 4th) includes the Presidential Reenactors (Carl Closs & Tom Pitz) 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.

Schedule of events (161 KB PDF)

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.