Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty ImagesFireworks explode above Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, during an Independence Day weekend event attended by then-President Donald Trump on July 3, 2020. (Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images)
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is refusing to drop her efforts to hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July Fourth weekend, even after the National Park Service rejected her request.
This week, she wrote to President Joe Biden, asking him to reverse his administration’s ban on the fireworks, according to a news release on her website, saying it would be a fitting way to mark the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
“This year, as we mark our independence from [COVID-19], Mount Rushmore would be the perfect place for a national celebration and fireworks show,” she wrote, referring to comments Biden made that Independence Day was a target date for a return to