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Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, which was carved into the Black Hills (Paha Sapa), considered sacred by the Lakota tribe - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Trump Holds 4th of July Celebration at Mount Rushmore

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a 4th of July rally at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, on Friday evening. Alongside a congratulatory speech from the president and other officials, the event's program will include military flyovers and fireworks.

As the coronavirus pandemic alters the celebration of Independence Day in the United States, stripping Americans of the opportunity to have a beer and a BBQ with their peers in the park, there will still be an event at Mount Rushmore, as US President Donald Trump arrives for a rally.

Trump is to deliver a congratulatory speech, expected to be followed by a fireworks show above the iconic US monument. South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem noted that there will be no social distancing guidelines, and about 7,000 tickets were reportedly secured for the event.

​Hours before the 4th of July event, anti-Trump protesters briefly blocked the road to the monument, using vans with removed tires. The block is seen as potentially difficult to remove.

​As protesters gathered around the roadblock, climbed the vans and waved flags, the National Guard, along with police arrived on scene to disperse the crowd. The blockade created by the demonstrators was later towed down the mountain.

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