Biden Bans July 4 Fireworks at Mount Rushmore, Again
As the left’s war on American freedoms continue, the Biden administration has once again canceled July 4 Fireworks at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. This is the third straight year the fireworks have been canceled by the Mount Rushmore National Memorial under Biden.
In a letter to South Dakota’s Department of Tourism on January 12, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Michelle Wheatley denied SD Governor Kristi Noem’s request to celebrate July 4 with fireworks at Mount Rushmore. Wheatley wrote that she denies the request for fireworks because multiple tribes think it will have an adverse effect on “traditional cultural landscapes.” The letter also says that fireworks would pose a safety risk:
“In any event, we do not believe a fireworks event would be “safe and responsible” for those same reasons.”
Governor Noem posted the news of the Biden administration’s decision on Twitter, and many liberals criticized her for trying to endanger the surrounding forest with the possible fire resulting from fireworks.
Conservative strategist and former House candidate Chuck Callesto asked whether it was Biden or his handlers who decided to cancel the fireworks.
Fireworks at Mount Rushmore became part of the annual July 4 celebrations since 1998. In 2009, the Obama administration banned them from using environmental safety concerns as a justification. After Kristi Noem was elected the Governor of SD, she asked then President Trump to allow the fireworks. President Trump granted the request and, in 2020, attended the event at Mount Rushmore in person.
As Joe Biden took the White House in 2021, his administration banned the fireworks again, continuing Obama’s policy. Kristi Noem went to the court against the cancellation of the event, but the court sided with the Biden administration. Many advocates of state rights have suggested that South Dakota should hold the event regardless of the federal government’s refusal of permission.