Independence Day Events

Activities scheduled for the Independence Day Celebration July 3rd and 4th, 2015, 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 3rd and 4th.

Fireworks are no longer a part of the celebration at Mount Rushmore.

The reenactor's schedule on July 3rd includes a Presidential Press Conference starting at 9:30 a.m. 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 include:

  • 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 Youth Exploration Area.

The evening programming on July 3rd begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater with a welcome from Mount Rushmore Superintendent Cheryl Schreier.

On tap are musical performances by Face Vocal Band and the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band, as well as a Junior Ranger ceremony, a military oath of enlistment ceremony, a flag folding ceremony and a POW Missing Man Table ceremony.

The evening concludes with a performance of the Lakota Flag Song and a performance of the national anthem as the mountain sculpture is illuminated.

The schedule for Independence Day, July 4th, includes all four presidential reenactors and performances by Sequoia Crosswhite thoughout the day starting at 10:30 a.m. and a traditional Evening Lighting Ceremony starting at 9:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

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