South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration

The State of South Dakota, Department of Interior and National Park Service are excited to bring fireworks to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for a spectacular celebration on July 3. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is America’s Shrine of Democracy. It is only fitting that it should be prominently featured as part of the nation’s Independence Day celebrations. To ensure a safe and successful event… Read On

NPS Announces Return of Fireworks on July 3, 2020

Date: April 28, 2020Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115 MOUNT RUSHMORE, S.D. – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the return of Independence Day Fireworks to Mount Rushmore National Memorial after an 11-year absence. Following an Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted earlier this year, the NPS issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) allowing the Independence Day fireworks celebration to be permitted based on the recommended alternative… Read On

The Great National Park Week Giveaway

The Great National Park Week GiveawayBuild Your Own Mount Rushmore with a FREE Casting KitFriday, April 24, 1 pm-3 pmMount Rushmore Society 830 Main Street, Rapid City In honor of National Park Week, drive up to the Mount Rushmore Society office at 830 Main Street, Rapid City for some take-home fun… Read On

Junior Ranger Quest

Tomorrow (April 18) is Junior Ranger Day.Play Junior Ranger Quest! Our country may still be experiencing impacts from COVID-19, but you can still learn about our FAVORITE national park site–Mount Rushmore! Download the FREE Junior Ranger Quest game on the Apple Store or Google Play now to become a Mount Rushmore Junior Ranger! Once you complete 12 of 16 challenges (and the Ranger Desks reopen)… Read On

COVID-19 Message from the CEO

“God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the light from above.” Dear Friends of Mount Rushmore Society: I have always associated Mount Rushmore with this simple, spirited song. Written by Irving Berlin during World War I, it became part of our culture with the 1938 recording by Kate Smith… Read On

COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 virus continues to impact personal lives, professional lives and travel plans.  The National Park Service announced today that Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be closing the Information Center by 5 pm Friday. With that, our Mount Rushmore Bookstore in the Information Center will close as well. Xanterra will close the Carver’s Café and the Gift Shop by noon Friday… Read On

Independence Day Holiday Fireworks Event

The National Park Service (NPS) is evaluating a proposal by the State of South Dakota to host a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3, 2020. This evaluation includes tribal consultation, as well as compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA). The NPS and State are working together to evaluate various operational… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #5

Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but Lincoln was born in a Kentucky log cabin on this day in 1809. In 1816, his father, Thomas, moved the family across the Ohio River to a 160-acre plot in southern Indiana where he spent his formative years. Lincoln did not migrate to Illinois until 1830… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #4

When he occupied the White House, the 16th president used the current Lincoln Bedroom as his personal office. It was there that he met with Cabinet members and signed documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.February is Fun Facts About Lincoln Month! His birthday is February 12.In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, GIVE a HIGH FIVE ($5 that is) to help support programs and projects at Mount Rushmore National Memorial… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #3

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln is the Only President to Have Obtained a Patent? Benjamin Franklin isn’t the only American political leader who demonstrated an inventive mind. After being aboard a steamboat that ran aground on low shoals and had to unload its cargo, Lincoln, who loved tinkering with machines, designed a method for keeping vessels afloat when traversing shallow waters… Read On

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