Governor Noem files brief in Mount Rushmore fireworks appeal
“The Biden Administration cancelled South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration on completely arbitrary grounds. They’ve displayed their hypocrisy on this issue time and time again,” said Governor Noem in a statement. “We are appealing the District Court’s incorrect decision so that we can return the fireworks celebration to Mount Rushmore and honor our nation’s birthday at America’s shrine to democracy for next year and in the future.”
Previously, Governor Noem asked the Biden Administration to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between the National Park Service and the State of South Dakota regarding the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. Governor Noem also responded to the NPS’s reasons for canceling the fireworks celebration and outlined the due diligence that the State of South Dakota and other entities undertook to ensure that the 2020 Fireworks Celebration could be conducted safely and responsibly.
Following the Biden Administration’s announcement of fireworks in Washington D.C., Noem asked President Biden to intervene and allow the planned fireworks to go forward in the Black Hills.