South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem filed suit against the Biden administration on Friday for canceling the Mount Rushmore Independence Day fireworks display, demanding the court “expeditiously” issue a permit for the event to take place.
“Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America’s birthday and all that makes our country special,” Noem wrote. “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.”
At issue is a legal memorandum between the government of South Dakota and the National Park Service giving the state permission to hold the event on Park grounds. By canceling the event the administration “departed from longstanding precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation.”