Mount Rushmore one step closer to Independence Day fireworks

KEYSTONE, S.D. — A public comment period is the next step to returning Independence Day fireworks to Count Rushmore according to the National Park Service.

The park service is reviewing a draft environmental assessment. It examines how to stage fireworks while protecting the memorial, the environment and visitors to the park. The Park Service would permit a firework display and other entertainment at Mount Rushmore and would allow similar events in future years if conditions remain the same.

The Park Service will be holding three information meetings about the proposed fireworks display:

  • Monday March 9, Rapid City Information Session at the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus West from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. Address: 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, 57702
  • Tuesday, March 10, Custer Information Session at the Courthouse Annex, Pine Room from 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. Address: 420 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer SD 57730
  • Wednesday, March 11, Keystone Information Session at the Community Center Meeting Room, from 4 p.m. — 6 p.m. Address: 1101 Madill St, Keystone SD 57751

And the National Park Service is now taking comments online through the end of March. The preferred manner for providing comments is via an online form through the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website, used by the agency to manage official correspondence and analyze public comment in the planning process. From the project website (, navigate the menu on the left-hand side of the page to “Open for Comment,” then open the “DO” folder. The green “Comment Now” button will take you to the online form.

Comments may also be submitted in writing to:


Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Highway 244, Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD  57751

ATTN: Fireworks/EA

Comments must be entered into the website or postmarked by March 30, 2020 to receive consideration.

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