Mt. Rushmore’s Fourth of July show will go on, in spite of rumors of cancellation due to dry weather.
News reports have speculated that the fabulous Independence Day fireworks show at the national monument would not take place, due to dry conditions. According to information obtained from park office, as of July 2, the fireworks show is planned to continue as scheduled. A recorded message announced that if there were any changes, they would be announced on July 3 in the afternoon.
The fireworks spectacular at Mt. Rushmore, is reportedly, one of the best in the country. Bursts of color and light explode over the heads of four former presidents, carved into the side of a mountain. The Independence Day display is patriotic and colorful.
A full day of festivities is planned for the July 3 show. The event attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people. Park officials suggest arriving early, as parking in the garage is usually taken by the morning. Later arrivals may find that they have to walk two to three miles up the road to see the famous fireworks show at the monument.
Fireworks at Mount Rushmore are sponsored by the Black Hills, Badlands and Lake’s Associations. The show is considered to be one of the top 10 aerial fireworks shows produced for Independence Day in America. The park opens at 7 am, with entertainment starting t 10 am. There is music, food and entertainment all day long.
The fireworks show is scheduled to start at 9:15 pm, but according to the recorded announcement there is the possibility of delay up until 10:15 pm. Due to the crowds that gather, they suggest getting there as early in the day as possible.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is considered a shrine to democracy. The memorial is located 23 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota. There is no charge to visit the Mt. Rushmore Park.
Four presidents heads are carved on Mt. Rushmore. The presidents were chosen on the basis of what they symbolized. George Washington represents struggle for independence. Thomas Jefferson represents the ideal of government by the people. Abraham Lincoln represents the ideas of equality and the permanent union of the states. Theodore Roosevelt represents the 20th century role of the United States in world affairs.
Mount Rushmore is named after Charles E. Rushmore, who was a New York lawyer who investigated mining claims in 1885. The carving of the memorial was started in 1927 and provided employment until 1941. The project ended upon the death of the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, in 1941. The project , with a total cost of $900,000, was plagued by lack of funding.
Few people realize that the monument was never finished. The original plan was to have the four presidents carved to the waist. There are no plans to continue the carving, so the monument will never be completed as planned.
The faces of the presidents, carved in granite, are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall. The dedication of the project was proclaimed in 1927 by President Calvin Coolidge, who believed Mt. Rushmore was “decidedly American in it’s conception, magnitude and meaning. It is altogether worthy of our country”.
Two presidents dedicated Mt. Rushmore. Calvin Coolidge dedicated it in 1927. President Bush dedicated in on it’s 50th anniversary in 1991.
In 1998, a $56 million redevelopment was completed, with the addition of a new parking structure, amphitheater, museum/theater complex and visitor orientation center. The faces of the presidents are illuminated nightly from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Mt. Rushmore is in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Visitors looking for lodging the the area can find hotels in the surrounding towns and cities, including: Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Deadwood, Custer, Hot Springs and Keystone.
There are three main determinations park officials consider when deciding whether to proceed with the fireworks show, which include, moisture, wind speed and rain. For the most up to date park information, call 605-574-2523, extension 5.
Information subject to change.