Fireworks over Mount Rushmore

Fireworks explode over Mount Rushmore. (Photo courtesy of South Dakota Tourism)

There’s no better place to celebrate the nation’s independence than the Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore. And there’s also no better place to see a Fourth of July weekend fireworks show.

“The sight of fireworks lighting the night sky above Mount Rushmore is an experience that stays with people for a lifetime,” Diana Saathoff, executive director for the Mount Rushmore Memorial Society, said in a recent Office of Tourism news release. “You can see in the faces of young and old alike the awe of the scene and the incredible sense of patriotism it inspires.”

Mount Rushmore National Memorial will host its 12th annual birthday part for America on July 3. In addition to the firing of thousands of fireworks shells, the celebration will include aircraft fly-overs, music, dances, historic re-enactments, children’s shows and a ceremony for World War II veterans.

The fireworks show will be broadcast to media outlets all over the country via a live satellite feed. In 2008, more than 30,000 people witnessed the event in person and another 53 million people watched the pyrotechnic display on television.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.


  1. Brett
    Brett 21 June, 2011, 18:08

    This is an amazing fireworks show. My family went to it last year and I would highly recommend to anyone.

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  2. Mark mezeros
    Mark mezeros 21 June, 2011, 18:09

    I just read a great book that talks about Custer, Crazy Horse and the fireworks! It’s fiction, but it really makes you think you are there. Read sam moffie’s No Mad. Chapter 6.

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  3. Jill Maul
    Jill Maul 21 June, 2011, 18:12

    I’m sure its been great in the past. We drove all the way here and paid $20 for a parking spot and saw nothing. The weather was bad and everyone left right away, some who had been there all day. Just a word of caution don’t go if there is bad weather as there are no refunds.

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