With fireworks bans throughout KOTA Territory, Mount Rushmore National Monument is expecting an increase of visitors this 4th of July.
The park estimates around 20,000 visitors will lay eyes on the American icon on both the 3rd and 4th of July. But because of bans on fireworks there could be an increase of local visitors as well as tourists.
There are plenty of activities ready at the monument for the holiday. Including a Lakota hoop dancer, and a band.
Information officer Maureen McGee-Ballinger says that the four historical presidents were even out and about talking with visitors Monday. "So if you want to ask Jefferson why he wrote the declaration of independence now's your chance. He'll also be here tomorrow along with Washington and Lincoln and Roosevelt. So this is the golden opportunity to ask all these burning presidential questions," Said Ballinger.
This will be the third year in a row that Mount Rushmore's fireworks display has been canceled due to fire danger.