May 8th, 2009
08:57 AM ET
5 years ago

Statue of Liberty's crown to re-open July 4

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday that the crown of the Statue of Liberty will re-open on July 4.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday that the crown of the Statue of Liberty will re-open on July 4.

NEW YORK (CNN) - The crown of the Statue of Liberty will re-open to tourists on July 4, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff of the U.S. Interior Department said Friday.

The crown has been closed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The National Park Service closed the crown amid worries that it would be difficult for visitors to evacuate quickly in the event of an emergency.

Tourists have been able to visit other parts of the statue.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the federal government planned to give "America a special gift" by re-opening the crown.

"We are once again inviting the public to celebrate our great nation and the hope and opportunity it symbolizes by climbing to Lady Liberty's crown for a unique view of New York Harbor, where the forebears of millions of American families first saw the world," he said in a statement.

Access to the crown will be limited to 10 people at a time guided by a National Park Service ranger.

A gift from France to the United States, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for its centennial on July 4, 1986.

It stands just across New York Harbor from where the Twin Towers stood.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. nice gift from France

    thank you again for the nice gift

    May 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. obama/mama

    Wow. It's time to move on and rebuild....Very nice.

    May 8, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I haven't been in the S.O.L since I was like 5.

    May 8, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. PFFT

    Welcome back Lady Liberty!

    My great-uncle came through Ellis Island when he was a young man, in 1917 from Greece. He would tell me about how beautiful the statue was when he arrived.

    It's good to know that the Terrorists haven't won, and that we're reclaiming American treasures.

    May 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Shari, NY

    I live in NYC and every time I see this statue it almost brings tears.

    Vive la France!

    May 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    That's sweet...I went there on a class trip back in the 90's it was an awesome experience!

    May 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep..... the terrorists are no longer a concern, and the War on Terror is over.

    May 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. lifelong democrate

    my parents took me to see the statue of liberty when i was 4 or 5. i remember the ferry ride over, it was a rough ride. i remember walking up a small winding staircase to the crown. i think people also went up to the torch. i am going to be 62 and i still remember it like it was yesterday. i have since brought my grandchildren to see the lady in the harbor. every american should go visit her at least once in their lifetime. Thank You France.

    May 8, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Freed_From_W

    "..restored for its centennial on July 4, 1986"

    About the only infrastructure work Reagan actually accomplished during his time acting(pun very intended) in the White House.

    If he would have actually spent time doing the needed and scheduled repairs on this countries backbone, we wouldn't be in a position where a moderately strong storm wipes out the electrical grids of several towns in this 'first world' country.

    But no, he was right. Instead, let's give that money to Iraq so they can kill Iranians, and to some CIA deathsquad called 'Al Quaeda' or something like that.

    Also, as an afterthought – Wouldn't it be nice if all the civilized countries in the world could exchange gifts like The Statue of Liberty to each other in a gesture of peace?(Although France didn't give us the statue for our peaceful acts against England....)

    Maybe a piece of architecture like an important bridge in a capital city or the like.

    May 8, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. George

    There was no liberty when Bush was president no wonder it was closed.

    May 8, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Joe

    very cool...didn't think that i would be able to go there again

    May 8, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. ANGIE IN PA

    GREAT!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Clint in Minnesota

    The real gift might've been to let us decide whether the risk was ever too great. This is more of an obligation to the people.

    May 8, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Nancy, IL

    Cheers to us and the Lady of Liberty. May she continue to be a beacon of hope for us all.

    May 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Expat American

    Lady Liberty is a breathtaking sight.....Let Freedom Ring....!

    hmmmmmmmmm. I wonder how the RepConNazis are going to connect the Statue of Liberty, President Obama, Islam, 100 days, $540 sneakers and Elmo?

    May 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Muffin

    I have not been in S.O.L since i was 10.
    Ah, those memories were wonderful.

    May 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. S Callahan

    the last time I visited the SOL was one year before 911 with a bunch of kid relatives from Long Island who never went to the liberty..imagine..only miles away. Anyhow, with the economy in it's challenging state..New Yorkers, and states nearby would benifit from a trip here...it's a learning experience...and you can bring a picnic lunch to eat in the park like setting...it's really a pleasant day and cheap (ferry, SOL, and lunch)

    May 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. RD

    thats cool now i going a plan a trip to nyc

    May 8, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. UNEDUCATED AMERICA

    ship it back to France-

    the patriot act is proff that we don't value freedom in this country anymore- we just want our responibilites and the consequences taken away and replaced with more beaurocrats...

    no- the american people need to open history books- hold the scumbags in DC to thier oath's to the Constitution, and we as a free society will prosper again-

    May 8, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Baze

    Smart move. Shows confidence, and widens the tourism market.

    May 8, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. WhoCares?

    On Independence Day too.

    Now that's sending the message...."We're Back!".

    May 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. John

    I wanted to visit the crown area of S.O.L. but the tour guide told me that I was S.O.L.

    May 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. New York State of Mind

    Good idea to prop up the NY economy a bit through tourism. I suggest that anyone who visits the Big Apple, take a three hour Circle Line Cruise and see not only this work of art but other lovely views – like where the Hudson and East Rivers meet. Better yet- forget flying to southern seaports. Take advantage of Caribbean (or any other destination) cruises leaving from NEW YORK harbor. The Verrazano Bridge and the Statue of Liberty are sights to behold when coming and going (especially at the break of dawn or at dusk). Please come to the city that never sleeps!

    May 8, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |