Mount Rushmore National Memorial News Release

National Park Serivce
Mount Rushmore National Memorial News
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger,
Additional Details and Public Access Changes for July 3
Fireworks Display at Mount Rushmore National
KEYSTONE, SD: The Department of the Interior, National Park Service and State of
South Dakota look forward to hosting South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks
Celebration 2020 on July 3, which will be attended by President Donald J. Trump,
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt and the Governor of South Dakota
Kristi Noem. The event will start at 4:00 p.m. with an incredible fireworks display
commencing at 9:15 p.m. The entire event will be livestreamed at:
“Mount Rushmore National Memorial provides a unique connection to the founding
of this nation for all Americans, and we are excited to welcome President Trump for
an incredible firework display to celebrate this history,” said Acting Superintendent
Patty Trap. “This special event will be made available to everyone virtually through
livestreaming and broadcast.”
In order to provide security and ensure public safety during the presidential event,
Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Memorial) will be closed starting Friday, July
3 from 12:00 a.m. to all visitors, reopening for ticketed guests only at 1:30 p.m. The
Memorial will reopen to the public at 5:00 a.m. on July 4.
The following park areas, including the entire backcountry, roads, trails and
facilities are included in the closure: South Dakota Highway 244 between 16A/Iron
Mountain Road and Horsethief Lake; all viewing lots and access roads; Mount
Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater; Grandview Terrace; Xanterra Parking
Garage; Sculptor’s Studio; Presidential Trail; Nature Trail; and Blackberry Trail.
Traffic will not be allowed into the Memorial, except for ticketholders. Motorists
should expect congestion on all routes near Mount Rushmore National Memorial on
July 3.
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Hwy 244, Bldg. 31, Suite 1
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 574-3115
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For more information about operating hours, please visit the Memorial’s website at
For more information about South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration
2020, please visit the travel South Dakota website at
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