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Entertainment and Fireworks Celebrate Independence Day at Mount Rushmore

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MOUNT RUSHMORE N.M., S.D. – The annual fireworks at Mount Rushmore

National Memorial ended a day full of patriotic entertainment and

celebrations. Fire and weather experts monitored conditions throughout

the day, and the decision to start the fireworks part of the show came

at 9 p.m. By the end of the night, more than 5,200 shells and

pyrotechnics had lit up the sky over the sculpture.

The 27-minute long fireworks display was seen by park visitors, viewers

of the broadcast on KEVN, and the live web feed on the South Dakota

Public Broadcasting website. The fireworks were preceded by a day filled

with music and dance for visitors at the park.

"Mount Rushmore celebrated our nation’s birthday with a rich diversity

of music, entertainment, and patriotic tributes, "said Superintendent

Gerard Baker. "I would like to thank everyone who made this event

possible. This event was a success because of the hundreds of hours

volunteers and partners spent making it possible."

The crowd stood in silence for the solemn flag folding ceremony held

before the fireworks burst into the sky. Park officials estimate over

20,000 people visited Mount Rushmore on July 3. The patriotic

celebration continues on July 4 with music and cultural entertainment

beginning at 5:30 p.m. leading up to the regularly scheduled nightly

sculpture illumination ceremony beginning at 9 p.m. Please see for a full program schedule.