Grumpy Feds Again Ban July 4th Fireworks Display At Mount Rushmore

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)

At a glance

  • For the third year in a row, the National Parks Service has rejected South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s application for a permit to hold a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day in 2023, according to Noem on Twitter.
  • In 2021,  Noem filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior arguing that the denial was “arbitrary,” and that the Department did not have the authority to require such permits.
  • The Eighth Circuit of Appeals found that South Dakota’s objections to the Park Service’s decision were moot because the event had already passed, and the federal government was within its rights to deny the state from shooting off fireworks at the national memorial.

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