A group sets off Memory Lanterns at the conclusion of the annual North Dakota State Capitol Fireworks Show. The lanterns are set off in memory of a loved one, specifically those serving in the military, at or around 11:00pm on the 4th of July.
The lanterns were first introduced by regional fireworks dealer Memory Fireworks in 2005. Beginning in 2009, Memory Fireworks began donating $1 to the North Dakota National Guard for each balloon sold.
As usual, the windows of the capitol proudly support the holiday by spelling “4th”. Windows of the North Dakota Capitol are also known for sporting a Christmas Tree during the holiday season and the digits of the upcoming year for New Year’s.
The 19-story art deco North Dakota State Capitol was completed in 1934, replacing the original 1884-built capitol that was destroyed by fire on December 28, 1930. An additional wing housing the Judicial Branch was added in 1981.
Due to its distinction as the tallest building in North Dakota, the Capitol carries the nickname “Skyscraper on the prairie”.
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- Bismarck Pictures: North Dakota Capitol 4th of July Celebration
- Bismarck Pictures: North Dakota State Capitol
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