Memorial Day weekend kicks off tourism season in Black Hills

BLACK HILLS, S.D.— The Black Hills are typically a tourism hot spot for Memorial Day weekend.

Because this year hasn’t been ordinary, we reached out to local communities to see of tourism numbers changed.

The big hit of the weekend was outdoor activities. While managers at the Rapid City RV Park and Campground say they had a great weekend, considering the circumstances, business was still down about 50 percent.

Many campgrounds were open, but limited certain activities or kept some amenities closed, a safety practice that might be in place throughout the summer.

“They don’t have their swimming pools open or their playgrounds because of the fact that you want to keep them clean and it’s too hard at this point,” said Julie Jensen, the CEO of Visit Rapid City. “A lot of them don’t even have their full staff yet.”

Many business and tourist attractions opened for the season this past weekend, including Mount Rushmore, which is already preparing for the July 3 fireworks. President Trump is still planning on attending, but visitor capacity will likely be limited for his visit.

“Details are still up in the air so to speak,” Jensen said. “We do know that the Tourism Secretary, Jim Hagen has been meeting with the governors office to plan the event and they are looking at all the things they can legally do and being safe and smart.”

NewsCenter1 will continue to provide updates as the event gets closer and the details become clearer.

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