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National Park Service rejects request for 4th of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore

KEYSTONE, SOUTH DAKOTA - JULY 03: Fireworks light up the sky above Mount Rushmore National Monument on July 03, 2020 near Keystone, South Dakota. President Donald Trump spoke before the start of the fireworks display, the first at the monument in about a decade. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fireworks light up the sky above Mount Rushmore National Monument on July 03, 2020 near Keystone, South Dakota. President Donald Trump spoke before the start of the fireworks display, the first at the monument in about a decade. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:17 PM PT – Friday, March 12, 2021

Fireworks will not be set off at Mount Rushmore this July 4. In a letter from the National Park Service to South Dakota’s Tourism Department on Friday, officials said they were unable to grant a request for fireworks.

Fireworks explode above the Mount Rushmore National Monument during an Independence Day event attended by the US president in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Fireworks explode above the Mount Rushmore National Monument during an Independence Day event attended by the US president in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Officials cited risks to the park as well as health and safety risks to the public. In February, South Dakota’s governor sent letters to the state’s congressional delegates to urge for their support in getting the fireworks.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump wave flags on a road in Keystone, South Dakota, on July 3, 2020, before a fireworks celebration for the Fourth of July holiday at Mount Rushmore National Monument and the visit of US President Donald Trump. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Supporters of US President Donald Trump wave flags on a road in Keystone, South Dakota, on July 3, 2020, before a fireworks celebration for the Fourth of July holiday at Mount Rushmore National Monument and the visit of US President Donald Trump. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

 

“All of the parameters and permitting processes have been laid out already and the documents signed,” Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said. “With the change in administration, we just hope they continue through with that and not pull the rug out from underneath us, much like they did with the Keystone pipeline.”

The decision for no fireworks is in stark contrast to 2020 when fireworks returned to the memorial for Independence Day for the first time since 2009, thanks to efforts by President Trump.

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