Mount Rushmore Independence Day Celebration
Organization: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Date: 7/4/2015 update info
Time: 9:00:00 AM - 10:00:00 PM
Event Cost: Parking Fee
Venue: Mount Rushmore Memorial in Keystone,SD
Contact: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Phone: (605) 574-3115
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.
Overview: Each year the Fourth of July or Independence Day Celebration at Mount Rushmore provides the visitor with great entertainment. During the day music is provided by live performers which are sure to please everyone. In addition there are performances along the Avenue of Flags, Military honors, a flag folding ceremony, Declaration of Independence reading, a US Air Force flyover and the monument lighting complete two days of activities.
When: Held every year on the 3rd and 4th of July.
Where: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Fees: Just the monument parking fee of $11.
Details: The events take place over July 3rd and 4th and are coordinated with the area towns celebrations. Each year there are flyovers scheduled for the afternoon and evening. Generally the formal program will begin around 8:30 p.m. with a welcome from the Memorial Superintendent. the two days of events are filled with a Flag Folding Ceremony, music from local musicians and the Ellsworth Air Force base band, Veteran's recognition, monument lighting and so much more. The entire celebration is dedicated to veterans and active duty members of the military.
No Fireworks! At this time, the fireworks celebration that Mount Rushmore is known for providing has been placed on an indefinite hold due to the fragility of the forest lands surrounding the memorial. The level of risk for wildfire in the immediate memorial area has been determined to fragile to hold a fireworks show for the foreseeable future.
The National Park Service supports the Black Hills communities in offering responsible fireworks displays. Make sure to check out the fireworks schedules in these communities to combine with the Mount Rushmore Memorial events.
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- Crazy Horse Volksmarch
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- Quilter's Guild Show
- Black Hills Playhouse
- Black Hills Symphony Orchestra
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