Well, that’s a stone cold “no.”
Fireworks won’t fly at Mount Rushmore July 4 weekend despite a lawsuit against the Biden administration from Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of South Dakota.
Judge Roberto A. Lange called the idea of an Independence Day celebration at the iconic national monument “appealing.”
“However this Court is not called upon to determine whether such a fireworks display is a good idea,” he said in his 36-page ruling, posted on yourbasin.com.
Lange said the country could “use a good celebration of its foundational principles of democracy, liberty, and equal protection of the law” after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol and the political divide in the country.
He noted in his ruling the “outcome” of the case might be included in the politicization of issues in the nation.
Noem promised to appeal the decision.
Then President Donald Trump visited Mount Rushmore to deliver a campaign speech on July 4, 2020.