MOUNT RUSHMORE – After more than a decade, fireworks will once again fly over Mount Rushmore to celebrate our nation’s birthday and this year, a very special guest will attend the festivities. President Donald Trump will be joining other high-level officials including Gov. Kristi Noem for tonight’s flashy celebration of America’s freedom and indomitable spirit. The illuminations are expected to start around 9:15 p.m., but until then the Pioneer will be updating this story throughout the day, bringing you highlights from the events leading up to the big show.

As the crowds entered the National Memorial in anticipation for the fire-cracking festivities, they were greeted by presidential reenactors, and special guests from across the state.

The amphitheater recieved a presidential makeover in honor of this auspicious occasion. 

Native American hoop dancers, singers, and storytellers joined the celebration to demonstrate what the Black Hills means to the indigenous peoples of the Nation.

Along with an impressive display of aerial might from Ellsworth Airforce Base, the guest of honor, President Donald Trump and the first lady were welcomed to the Black Hills with cheers and applause. 

It all led up to a grand finale featuring a fireworks display over the memorial that would make Thomas Jefferson proud.

Read more about the return of fireworks to the Mount Rushmore Fourth of July celebration and the President's visit in Monday's edition of the Black Hills Pioneer. 

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