[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/08/art.ladyliberty0508.gi.jpg caption="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.