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Mt. Rushmore presidents come to life as part of Independence Day celebrations

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Those that visited Mount Rushmore today might have had to take a double take when walking in.

Not only were the presidents carved into Mount Rushmore staring down from the mountain, but they were also walking around and talking to people.

Each year millions of people from around the United States and the world visit The Mount Rushmore memorial.

"I Came to see the presidents,"said tourist Madison Redder.

One day out of the year is very important to those of us who call America home. July 4th represents our independence from Great Britain and what better way to celebrate than to visit one of our nations most historical places.

July 3rd and 4th see the highest number of visitors at the memorial.

"July 3rd and 4th are our two biggest days of the year," said Chief of Interpretation and education for Mount Rushmore, Maureen McGee-Ballinger."We will get about 20,000 people each day come to see us because we have all kinds of special things going on.

This year one of the focal points was the presidents news conference where people could ask questions and interact with all four of the presidents who are carved into mount Rushmore.

Not only did the presidents look the part some even sounded the part.

"This is a most joyous occasion why not celebrate."said an actor dressed as Teddy Roosevelt.

McGee–Ballinger says even without fireworks Mount Rushmore can still be a fun place to spend the 4th.

"we offer so much to do and it's a great way to get out and enjoy the memorial,"said Mcgee-Ballinger.

This marks the 4th consecutive year fireworks have been banned from Mount Rushmore's Independence Day festivities but McGee–Ballinger said  it hasn't hurt attendance at all.

 

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