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PIERRE, S.D. - Fireworks will highlight the Independence Day Celebration on July 3, at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

"On July 3 of last year, millions of television viewers nationwide experienced the splendor of the fireworks at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial," said Diana Saathoff, executive director for the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society. "We look forward to hosting one of South Dakota’s greatest events each year with the National Park Service."

This year marks the 11th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Mount Rushmore. The celebration on July 3 and 4 features patriotic music and dance, presidential re-enactors, children's shows and military aircraft fly-overs. An estimated 30,000 people will attend the celebration at the Memorial.

The 28-minute fireworks show on July 3 will feature more than 5,200 shells that light up the sky over Mount Rushmore. This inspirational display will be broadcast to media outlets all over the country via satellite.

"Mount Rushmore is home to one of the largest and most patriotic celebrations in the nation," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "This is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independence at the Shrine of Democracy."

Fast Facts:

On average, 30,000 people celebrate Independence Day at Mount Rushmore each year.

An estimated 52.8 million television viewers nationwide watched the fireworks over Mount Rushmore in 2007.

Mount Rushmore is located near Keystone, SD.

The fireworks at Mount Rushmore are organized every year by the National Park Service, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society, South Dakota Tourism and Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

The fireworks are always held on July 3.

Satellite Feed Coordinates:

Galaxy 11 KU Analog Transponder 13

Orbital Slot: 91 degrees WL

Downlink frequency: 11960 MHz Horizontal

Time: 23:00 to 00:30 Eastern Time Zone



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