Counterpoint: Fireworks shows had been held at the memorial between 1998 and 2009, until U.S. Geological Survey scientists determined the activities left high levels of a toxic chemical called perchlorate in drinking water used by the 3 million people who visit the memorial annually. Agency analyses, including a December 2017 presentation obtained by The Post, suggest that resuming fireworks could pollute local drinking water supplies, pose possible safety risks and potentially damage the monument itself. The 2017 presentation noted that the memorial is accessed by a single two-lane road, constraining entrance and access to the grounds. Schreier said she was particularly concerned whether visitors would be able to leave quickly enough in an emergency, especially because so many people without entrance passes might end up parking on the side of the road to watch the display. “These are winding roadways, and if people are not familiar with Black Hills of South Dakota, it can be very challenging,” she said. While the 2017 Park Service briefing said the agency “could find no direct evidence or link between ignition of fireworks and cracking of the sculpture,” Schreier said her staff identified scorch marks on the memorial as well as some plastic remains from the fireworks’ casings. “I actually saw a piece of plastic from fireworks embedded in the granite,” she said. “That is something that will forever be ingrained in my mind.” Former South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard (R) asked the Park Service to resume fireworks at the memorial in 2017, but the idea stalled after agency officials raised objections to the plan. Noem then asked Trump about the idea shortly after she took office in 2019. The Interior Department reached an agreement with the governor in May 2019 to resume annual pyrotechnics at the memorial, though last year’s event was put off because of a rehabilitation project on the site. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/06/24/trump-mount-rushmore-fireworks/ I never expected you to vote for Biden, but implying that you couldn't vote for Biden because of a single tweet, deleted within an hour (https://disrn.com/news/democratic-party-targets-mount-rushmore-july-4-in-deleted-tweet), from the DNC's account (not even Biden himself), is somewhere between hilarious and idiotic. I would watch those fireworks! Sounds like it will be beautiful. I hope it goes well. The part in the FOX story about 125 thousand people having applied to show up makes me giggle. Oh, those teenager scamps.