Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has recently sent a letter to the South Dakota congressional delegation, requesting them for their support to carry on a display of the fireworks on Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore.
From last year’s display, the tourism industry and economy of the Black Hills witnessed a rise which included a visit from former President Donald Trump.
During the 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks display, the Governor Noem explained that visitors spent around $2,000,000. This resulted in $160,000 in tax revenue for state and local governments.
Michelle Thompson, president of Black Hills & Badlands Tourism, stated that the show of the fireworks and visit by former President Trump acted as a much-needed boost up for the tourism of Black Hills in the wake of the damaging pandemic and is hopeful that 2021 would be far better.
“We think that this could be a much bigger year with the pandemic not as serious as it was last July,” Thompson said. “We can have bigger crowds. We’re really looking forward to drawing more people into the area.”
Thompson mentioned that for the Black Hills, the fireworks worked like major advertisement, and was quite contented that numerous people were present at the time of the display, not only in person but also by watching the fireworks on their television set, throughout the country.
She stated that this has created immense interest in people who have never visited Black Hills.
“Last year, when the fireworks were announced, we immediately started getting phone calls from people who had not been here before and said that we were on their bucket list, and the Mount Rushmore fireworks were why they wanted to come here,” Thompson said. “So, it’s a fantastic event for this area.”
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