Starting July 4, a limited number of people will once again be allowed to climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty.
The crown was closed after 9/11 for safety and security reasons.
“On July 4th, we are giving America a special gift,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a news release. “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 forbearers of millions of American families first saw the new world.”
Only 10 people will be allowed to climb to the crown at one time. To reach the crown, visitors must climb a 168-step, double-helix spiral staircase.
In advance of the crown’s opening, officials are taking a number of steps they say will increase safety, including raising the handrails on the spiral staircase and stationing rangers throughout the Statue to aid visitors.
“We cannot eliminate all the risk of climbing to the crown, but we are taking steps to make it safer,” Salazar said. “Once the work is complete, the Statue will be safer, and so will its visitors.