Mount Rushmore National Memorial is centered on a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son Lincoln Borglum. The sculpture features the 60-foot (18 m) heads of Presidents George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The four presidents were chosen to represent the nation's birth, growth, development, and preservation, respectively.The memorial park covers 1,278.45 acres (2.00 sq mi; 5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
History with the Macy's Parade
In preparation for Mount Rushmore's 70th anniversary in 2011, the South Dakota Department of Tourism commissioned the Macy's Parade Studio to create a brand-new float that would debut in the 2010 Parade. The float in question was entitled "Mount Rushmore's American Pride", and was one of two floats, the other being Oklahoma's Oklahoma Rising! float from 2005, to be sponsored by a state. The float features the likenesses of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, and the Black Hills National Forest. Majestic rivers, beautiful pine forests, ancient dinosaur fossils, and South Dakota wildlife share the landscape with a towering depiction of the four famous faces. The float still makes appearances as of 2019, and is considered a modern Parade mainstay.
In addition to appearing as a float, the four heads of Mount Rushmore appeared in walk-around form starting in 2014.
Below, you will find a list of every performer/celebrity that has performed/appeared on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.
- 2010 - Mannheim Steamroller, performed "Deck the Halls"
- 2011 - Neil Diamond, performed "America"
- 2012 - Don Mclean, performed "American Pie"
- 2013 - The Summer Set, performed "Lightning in a Bottle"
- 2014 - NEEDTOBREATHE, performed "Shelter"
- 2015 - MercyMe, performed "Christmastime Again"
- 2016 - Ben Rector, performed "Brand New"
- 2017 - Smokey Robinson, performed "Christmas Everyday"
- 2018 - Kane Brown, performed "Good As You"
- 2019 - Chris Young, performed "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"