Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
  • Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore
    Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial Independence Day Celebrations will take place on July 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Independence Day Celebrations will take place on July 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Carvers’ Marketplace with a news conference highlighting presidential reenactors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask the presidents questions.

Throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. meet the presidents for opportunities to take a photograph, get an autograph or listen to them speak about their presidency.  Presidential talks will be in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center Theater B.  The presidents will be roving throughout the park.

Special Hoop Dancing presentations by award winning dancer Jasmine Pickner will be on the Grand View Terrace at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Sequoia Crosswhite, a musician, storyteller, historian and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, will provide music and stories at the Youth Exploration Area at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The evening events will be in the amphitheater.  Beginning at 6:15 p.m. with a welcome by Superintendent Cheryl Schreier.  A Junior Rangers ceremony will include any junior rangers who wish to join the superintendent on stage to be recognized.

The evening will focus on honoring the military with an address by the Ellsworth Base Commander Col. John Edwards and an enlistment ceremony with new recruits from multiple military branches.  The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band Offutt Brass ensemble will perform two sets during the evening event.  A Prisoner of War, Missing Man Table will be presented by the Rapid City Area Military Recruiters to honor those who paid the ultimate price.

The evening will culminate with the Lakota Flag Song presented by Park Ranger Darrell Red Cloud, the National Anthem, lighting of the sculpture, and honor guard flag retreat.