(USA Features) South Dakota has filed suit against the Biden administration over the latter’s banning of a July 4th fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore.
The suit was filed by Gov. Kristi Noem (R) in U.S. District Court for the South Dakota Central Division.
“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.”
She noted further that the Biden administration has “departed from longstanding precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation.”
“We are asking the court to enjoin the Department of Interior’s (DOI) denial of the fireworks permit and order it to issue a permit for the event expeditiously.”
Noem directed her administration to file suit against the National Park Service earlier this year if the agency denied a fireworks permit, which it did.
The NPS notified Noem’s office last month it would deny her request for a permit.
NPS Regional Director Herbert Frost, in a letter to South Dakota’s tourism office, wrote that “potential risks to the park itself and to the health and safety of employees and visitors associated with the fireworks demonstration.”
He added they “continue to be a concern and are still being evaluated as a result of the 2020 event.”
Last year, then-President Donald Trump allowed fireworks to be held as he attended the event himself and held a rally.