We had upwards of 1,000 people at today’s Citizens for Liberty Independence Day Tea Party in Rapid City.
You never know what you’re going to get for attendance at something like this when it’s on a holiday. There were so many people traveling out of town (my own family is out of town and won’t be back until tonight), there were something like 20,000 people up late last night at Mount Rushmore for the fireworks, and around the time our rally started in Memorial Park this morning, we weren’t sure whether it would rain on us or not.
But lots of people came out for both the sign-waving and the program. Like the Tax Day Tea Party, people lined up along 5th Street by Memorial Park and down Omaha Street. I think there was even more energy and enthusiasm from both the sign-wavers and from the cars driving by, waving and honking their horns.
We also had a great program at the bandshell. We started by singing some patriotic songs, then we were introduced to several veterans who had been wounded in combat in service to our country. We heard Barb Lindberg speak on the cap and trade global warming tax (people weren’t thrilled about that), and Don Van Etten speak about government health care (people didn’t like that, either).
It was great to be around so many Americans who love their country deeply, respect their Constitution profoundly, and are committed to saving our great nation from the spending and socialist abyss.
Thanks to Epic for putting our ads up on their electronic bill boards (the ad really looked great), and to the Black Hills Heritage Festival for allowing us to come alongside their space and use the bandshell before the Festival got under way.
Videos from the event are being edited and uploaded, and I’ll post them as they become available.
Thank you to all who spent some of your Independence Day holiday with us at the Tea Party today!