Noem will be doing “everything in her ability to ensure” America can celebrate its birthday with fireworks at the national monument, the governor’s communications director, Ian Fury, told Fox News on Monday.
Noem’s office pointed at President Joe Biden’s primetime speech last week, where he told Americans that “there is a good chance you, your family and friends can get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.”
“After a long, hard year, that will make this Independence Day truly special – where we not only mark our independence as a nation but we begin to mark our independence from this virus,” Biden said.
“The best place in America to hold such a special celebration would be Mount Rushmore, fireworks included,” Fury argued.
“Rest assured, there will be plenty more from Governor Noem on this topic in the very near future,” he added.
On Friday, the National Park Service (NPS) sent a letter denying Noem’s request to have fireworks over Mount Rushmore.
NPS Regional Director Herbert Frost told the South Dakota tourism office that “potential risks” regarding people’s “health and safety” as well as “to the park itself” remain “a concern” and are “still” being looked at.
“In addition, the park’s many tribal partners expressly oppose fireworks at the Memorial,” Frost added in the letter.
Last year’s Independence Day celebration saw the first use of fireworks at Mount Rushmore since 2009 after being canceled due to wildfire concerns.
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.