Lady Liberty's Crown Reopens July 4

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 8:11 AM CDT
The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champs du Mars at the World's Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Visitors will soon be able to roam the Statue of Liberty’s crown for the first time since 9/11, the New York Post reports. The landmark’s loftiest perch will reopen—when else?—July 4. Ken Salazar announced the move on the Today Show this morning from inside the crown. At first, only 30 people will be allowed in the crown at a time, but after further "rehab" that number will increase.

“We will open the crown of the Statue of Liberty to the entire people of America,” Salazar declared. Asked about safety fears, he said that prospective crown-goers will have to submit to two layers of security screenings, but that even then, it’s “not going to be totally risk-free.”