First@4: Mount Rushmore festivities underway soon; Fireworks guidelines; COVID-19 case count Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Here’s a look at the day’s top stories:

Festivities at Mount Rushmore as expected to start at 4 p.m. MT as part of Independence Day celebrations. Gates opened to ticket holders as of 1:30 p.m. MT; 7,500 people are expected to attend.

KELOLAND News will have live updates from the Black Hills on KELOLAND News at 5 and 6.

We’ll have live coverage when the president arrives in South Dakota on KELO-TV and; look for that around 6:30 p.m. MT.

We also plan to cover any speeches from Governor Kristi Noem and President Trump along with the fireworks.

In a Original now online, we’re looking at the guidelines set by South Dakota for the fireworks show at Mount Rushmore.

Charles P. Weeth is fireworks consultant with expertise in legal and regulatory matters and helped set the guidelines for this year’s show.

Fireworks were first launched at Mount Rushmore in 1998; the last display was in 2009. Concerns about pine beetle infestation, fire hazard and environmental issues stopped fireworks until this year.

Review the guidelines in place for this year in a story online now.

We’re keeping up with what is happening at Mount Rushmore on Friday in a special story on Find the Latest Updates story for the most recent developments.

South Dakota is approaching 7,000 COVID-19 cases. 85 new cases were reported on Friday.

Active cases increased to 832. The total number of recoveries increased to 6,049; deaths remain at 97.

Review the latest COVID-19 numbers for South Dakota and the region on

Find the latest forecast for the Fourth of July in the video below.

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