FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 1, 2022
CONTACT: Katlyn Svendsen, Global Media & Public Relations Director, South Dakota Department of Tourism, 605-773-3301


Noem Administration Submits Permit Application for

2023 Mount Rushmore Fireworks


PIERRE, S.D. – Yesterday, on behalf of Governor Kristi Noem, the South Dakota Department of Tourism submitted its application for a special use permit for the 2023 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. The application was submitted to the National Park Service (NPS).


“As Americans all across our great country make preparations to celebrate their Independence Day, we have once again been denied the opportunity to celebrate at our nation’s enduring symbol of freedom, Mount Rushmore National Memorial,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “But we will not be deterred. We have submitted a request for 2023 and will continue asking the Biden Administration to work with us to give the people the celebration they deserve.”


Under Governor Noem’s leadership, the Fireworks Celebration was returned to Mount Rushmore in 2020 after being canceled for more than a decade. In violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, the NPS rejected permit applications for both the 2021 and 2022 celebrations.


The fireworks celebration would occur in conjunction with the Memorandum of Agreement signed on May 6, 2019, between the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Governor Noem.


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