- Fireworks will be returning to Mount Rushmore for the 2020 Independence Day Celebration.
- The show was halted in 2009 over concerns related to a pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills National Forest.
- President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday night to celebrate the return of “THE BIG FIREWORKS.”
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After a decade hiatus, fireworks will be returning to Mount Rushmore next year.
US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt signed a Memorandum of Agreement with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday to reinstate the show for the 2020 Independence Day Celebration. The fireworks will go off on either July 3, July 4, or July 5 of 2020, according to a Department of the Interior press release.
Trump took to Twitter in response to the news, commending Noem and Bernhardt. “I am pleased to inform you that THE BIG FIREWORKS, after many years of not having any, are coming back to beautiful Mount Rushmore in South Dakota,” he tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019
Mount Rushmore’s last firework show was in 2009. The show was discontinued over concerns related to a pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills National Forest, Noem noted in a press release. She added that, since then, advancements in pyrotechnics and a strengthened forest means the show can go on next year.
“When the fireworks were previously held at Mount Rushmore, the show was beamed around the world via satellite,” Noem said in her statement. “The entire world was able to view a celebration of our nation’s freedoms from the majestic memorial and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. There is no more fitting place in all the nation to celebrate our democracy than from Mount Rushmore.”
Check out photos of what Mount Rushmore’s firework show looked like in its heydey.
Firework displays were held at Mount Rushmore between 1998 and 2009.
Over the years, the show drew massive crowds eager to see fireworks above the iconic monument.
Honour Guard members showed up for the ceremony, conducting a flag presentation at the memorial for the 2008 show.
While the fireworks were stunning, the show was stopped over concerns that the pine beetle infestation could spark a fire.
Since then, South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest has gained strength.
So the Fourth of July fireworks celebration will be returning to shoot pyrotechnics over the heads of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln in 2020.
But don’t try to go see them this year. The National Parks Service was clear that fireworks won’t be part of the show in 2019.
Source: Department of the Interior
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