Celebrate the 4th of July in the Black Hills

Home to patriotic icons, like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Black Hills of South Dakota is where you’ll find true pride and authentic Americana vacations year-round. Our red, white and blue colors really shine during the week of the 4th of July when our nation celebrates its independence.

Our small towns are proud to display their love of country, each in its own distinctive way, with some of the best Fourth of July celebrations found anywhere in America. From the patriotic programs scheduled at the Shrine of Democracy to one of the nation's most unique fireworks displays over the Homestake Gold Mine’s open cut, you won’t be disappointed when you celebrate the 4th of July in the Black Hills.

Show your pride by touring the City of Presidents sculptures in downtown Rapid City (named America's most patriotic city by Rand McNally) and enjoy western American traditions and celebrations at the famed Black Hills Roundup Rodeo & Fireworks in Belle Fourche and Custer's Old Time Country 4th Celebration.


Independence Day here is really a three-day event. Almost every town has a parade and most of them have fireworks, too. Community celebrations also include music, Old West shootouts, cook-offs, car shows, picnics, ice cream socials, farmers markets, re-enactors and arts and crafts vendors.

Celebrations Start June 30

The Annual Black Hills Roundup Rodeo in Belle Fourche, June 30 - July 4 The Belle Fourche Roundup is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America. See cowboys compete for points and prizes, as well as enjoy family activities, parades, fireworks and more. Black Hills Roundup Rodeo & Fireworks in Belle Fourche

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, July 3 & 4

On July 3, the reenactor's schedule includes a Presidential Press Conference starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Carver's Marketplace. The presidential reenactors will then be delivering programs and signing autographs at assigned times in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.

Other daytime activities scheduled for July 3rd include world champion hoop dancer Jasmine Pickner teaching hoop dancing on the Grand View Terrace and native flutist Sequoia Crosswhite will be portraying native stories and playing flute in the Youth Exploration Area.

The evening programming on July 3rd begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater with a welcome from Mount Rushmore Superintendent Cheryl Schreier. On tap are two musical performances by the United States Air Force Academy rock band and concert band and a Junior Ranger ceremony. The evening concludes with a performance of the Lakota Flag Song and a performance of the national anthem as the mountain sculpture is illuminated.

On the 4th at Mt. Rushmore ranger programs will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a traditional lighting ceremony will be held in the amphitheater at 9:00 p.m.

Custer’s Old Time Country 4th of July Celebration, July 3rd and 4th
It’s big time fun in the small town of Custer. Spend the holiday enjoying a craft fair, children’s fair, live music, Old West re-enactments, family games, food, parades and fireworks.

Fireworks on the 3rd of July: The Elk Club in Rapid City

4th of July Celebrations

4th of July Fireworks Displays: Lead's Open Cut, Sturgis, Rapid City (view from Founders and Memorial Parks), Belle Fourche Rodeo grounds & Custer at Pageant Hill.

Crazy Horse Memorial: Independence Day includes a giant American flag on the mountain and activities throughout the day.

Deadwood/Lead Parades: Parades on the 4th of July start on mainstreet in Deadwood at 2:00 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. in Lead.

Lead Gold Camp Jubilee: Lead celebrates their Gold Camp Jubilee with events throughout the day and is host to one of the region’s biggest fireworks displays over the Homestake Gold Mine.

Patriot's Parade at 10:00 a.m. downtown Custer. Music at 6:00 p.m. and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Hot Springs 4th of July
Hot Springs Independence Day activities include a parade and fireworks at dusk.

Celebrations Continue July 5th

  • Lead hosts their annual Show and Shine car show.
  • Sturgis hosts Music on Main concert series