Independence Day Events

Activities scheduled for the Independence Day Celebration July 3rd, 2018, 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, on July 3rd.

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 demonstrating and 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.

The evening programming on July 3rd begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater with a welcome from Mount Rushmore Superintendent Cheryl Schreier followed by a Junior Ranger ceremony, a performance by the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, an address by Colonel John Edwards, United States Air Force Commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, a military 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.

On July 4th, ranger programs will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a traditional evening program and lighting ceremony will be held in the amphitheater at 9:00 p.m.

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Last updated: June 12, 2018

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