Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is suing the Biden administration for canceling the Independence Day festivities at Mount Rushmore this July in the name of COVID-19.
Noem, who filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division, described the Department of the Interior’s refusal to grant a permit for fireworks at the national park as a departure “from longstanding precedent,” and accused the administration of reneging on an agreement “without any meaningful explanation,” according to Fox News.
“Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America’s birthday and all that makes our country special,” wrote Noem. “After telling us they’d ‘circle back,’ the Biden Administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show.”
Noem asked the court “to enjoin the Department of Interior’s (DOI) denial of the fireworks permit and order