Watch Live: 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration

Mount Rushmore August 5, 2005. Photo by Jim Bowen.

President and First Lady Trump are scheduled to attend a Fourth of July celebration taking place in Black Hills, South Dakota at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Friday.

The announced return of the fireworks to Mount Rushmore, more than a decade after they had been banned was made by President Stupid on January 15th, 2020, during the signing of the phase one China Trade Deal.

The White House Transcript: President Talks Like an Idiot:

President Talks Like an Idiot: By the way, Kristi, thank you for being here. I didn’t know you were going to be here. Thank you. Stand up.

We’re going to do a big fireworks display, right? Mount Rushmore. We’re going over — I think I’m going to try and be there on July 4th.
So, the governor called. She ran a great race, a tough race. That was a tough competitor you had, right? A big star. And — but she was a bigger star, it turned out, Lindsey.

But she said, “Do you think we can get fireworks back at Mount Rushmore?”

I said, “Why?” They haven’t been there for — like for 20 years. I said, “Why?”

“Environmental reasons.”

I said, “You mean you can’t have fireworks because of the environment?”

“Yeah, environmental reasons.”

I said, “What can burn? It’s stone.” You know, it’s stone. It’s granite. [awkward]-(Laughter.)

So nobody knew why; they just said, “Environmental reasons.”

So I called up our people. And within about 15 minutes, we got it approved, and you’re going to have your first big fireworks display at Mount Rushmore, and I’ll try and get out there if I can. (Applause.) Okay? Right? That’ll be great. Thank you very much for being here. Thanks, Kristi.

“Environmental Reasons” =’s Fear of setting the Black Hills National Forest on Fire.

CNN explains that currently “the Black Hills Region in South Dakota is currently in a Moderate Drought, according to the US Drought Monitor, making the risk [for wildfires] particularly high.”

On July 1st, NPR reported that the National Park Service did “a controlled burn around the monument in the springtime, according to Noem’s office, in an effort to lessen the chances of the fireworks igniting surrounding forest.”

In December of 2017 according to an information briefing by the National Park Service/Department of the Interior a minimum of 27 wildfires starts occurred during Fourth of July events held at Mount Rushmore between 1999 and 2007.

I said, “What can burn? It’s stone.” You know, it’s stone. It’s granite.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial July 3rd, 2014. Photo By Senior Airman Anania Tekurio/Released.

In recent days the event has received push back aside from “environmental reasons,” the event, as the News Blender featured in Trump Tweets Open Thread will not include social distancing for the 7500 people in attendance and viewed as a public health risk given the rise in coronavirus cases.

It is being reporting that masks will be handed out to those who attend but they are not required to wear them.

In other news it’s being reported that President I’m Really Bad at my Job, will use the celebration of America speech to attack liberals.

Shocking no one, this is not a celebration of America Independence it’s a Trump campaign rally.

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