This will be the fifth year that there will not be a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The show has been discontinued for the next 4-6 years over forest fire concerns. Dry conditions and pine beetles were also a factor in the decision not to have fireworks.
There are many Independence Day activities scheduled at Mount Rushmore on July 3rd and 4th.
The use of fireworks is not permitted in Rapid City or within a one-mile area surrounding the city, with the exception of certain novelty fireworks like party poppers, sparklers, toy caps, sparklers, and snappers. Fireworks are not allowed in the Black Hills Fire Protection District or other State and Federal lands.
Where permitted, fireworks can be set off legally, but regulations should be checked prior to the use of any fireworks. Even novelty fireworks have the potential for injury as well as the ignition of an uncontrolled fire. View the Rapid City and state laws pertaining to the use of fireworks as well as the definitions for novelty fireworks.