NPS cited COVID-19, safety risks and tribal leaders’ concerns
By Morgan Phillips
The National Park Service (NPS) denied a request from South Dakota for fireworks over Mount Rushmore on the 4th of July this year, after former President Trump’s celebration at the park last Independence Day.
NPS Regional Director Herbert Frost wrote to South Dakota’s tourism office: “Potential risks to the park itself and to the health and safety of employees and visitors associated with the fireworks demonstration continue to be a concern and are still being evaluated as a result of the 2020 event.”
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