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2012 Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day



The 2012 celebration will be held July 3-4. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a variety of educational programs, patriotic tributes and musical entertainment in celebration of Independence Day.

A schedule of events for 2012 is listed below.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial News Release
Fireworks Eliminated from Independence Day Celebration

(October 17, 2011)
 

Time Performer Location

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
 
9-9:45 a.m. Germans from Russia Grand View Terrace
  Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Heritage Village
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
10:30-11:15 a.m. Kevin Locke (Hoop Dancer) Grand View Terrace
  Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Heritage Village
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) roving
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) roving
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) Breezeway (autographs)
12-12:45 p.m. Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Heritage Village
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) Breezeway (autographs)
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) roving
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) roving
1:30-2:15 p.m. Kevin Locke (Hoop Dancer) Grand View Terrace
  Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Heritage Village
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) roving
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) Breezeway (autographs)
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) roving
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
3-3:45 p.m. Carl Closs (“George Washington”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) Breezeway (autographs)
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) roving
4:30-5:15 p.m. Carl Closs (“George Washington”) roving
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) roving
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) roving
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) roving
5:30 p.m. Brass In Blue (United States Air Force Band) sound check Amphitheater
6 p.m. Welcome, Superintendent Cheryl A. Schreier Amphitheater
6:15 p.m. Junior Ranger Ceremony, Superintendent Schreier Amphitheater
6:25 p.m. Introduction of Veteran Recognition, A Tradition of Service Amphitheater
6:35 p.m. Veterans’ Recognition Amphitheater
6:45 p.m. Flag Folding Ceremony and Presentation
Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard
Amphitheater
6:55 p.m. Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Ceremony
Rapid City military recruiters
Amphitheater
7:10 p.m. Military Swearing In Ceremony
Ellsworth Air Force Base Commander Colonel Weatherington
Amphitheater
7:30 p.m. Ellsworth Air Force Base Commander Colonel Weatherington Amphitheater
7:50 p.m. Brass In Blue (United States Air Force Band) Amphitheater
8:40 p.m. sunset  
9:10 p.m. National Anthem, Brass In Blue Amphitheater
  Sculpture Lighting Ceremony Amphitheater
  Flag Retreat, Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard Amphitheater

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012
 
10:30-11:15 a.m. Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Heritage Village
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) roving
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) roving
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) Breezeway (autographs)
12-12:45 p.m. Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Heritage Village
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) Breezeway (autographs)
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) roving
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) roving
1:30-2:15 p.m. Sequoia Crosswhite (Flute Player) Grand View Terrace
  Carl Closs (“George Washington”) roving
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) Breezeway (autographs)
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) roving
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
3-3:45 p.m. Carl Closs (“George Washington”) Theater B, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
  Tom Pitz (“Thomas Jefferson”) roving
  Fritz Klein (“Abe Lincoln”) Breezeway (autographs)
  Gib Young (“Theodore Roosevelt”) roving

 

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