Are fireworks at Mount Rushmore a thing of the past? - KOTA Territory News

Are fireworks at Mount Rushmore a thing of the past?

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This is the fourth year with no fireworks over Mount Rushmore.

The beetle infested forests combined with dry conditions are the reasons cited by the decision makers.

According to Park Superintendent Cheryl Schreier, Mount Rushmore's Independence Day celebrations will continue without fireworks for the next five to seven years. She says the forest surrounding the monument is in too delicate of a state to set off fireworks.

Not only would a large forest fire be a public relations nightmare, but it's dangerous for firefighters. There have been several injuries in past years and more than 20 small fire starts.

But the lack of fireworks doesn't mean the shrine of democracy won't be a busy place on the fourth of July.

"We really encourage people to come out and visit regardless of whether or not we have the fireworks on July 3rd," says Schreier.  "It's a very great place to celebrate Independence Day, and again, there's so many options of activities throughout the entire black hills for people to enjoy."

About 20,000 people attended activities at the park on the 4th of July in 2012.

 

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