New York, NY – People will be able to climb to the Statue of Liberty’s crown on the Fourth of July, for the first time since that portion of America’s most famous symbol was closed to the public for safety reason shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

National Park Service officials had barred the public from visiting the crown out of concerns that it would be difficult to evacuate in case of an emergency because access is by a narrow 168-step double-helix spiral staircase.

Officials have made improvements by adding a public address system and will limit the number of visitors who can visit the crown to 280 per day in groups of 10, or 30 per day.

Tickets for the Fourth of July sold out by noon on June 13 when the reservations were first offered and tickets are sold out through winter.

The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in June of 1885 in recognition of the friendship of the two nation’s forged during the American Revolution. France was an important friend and ally to the American colonists in their war for independence from Britain. Lady Liberty was assembled and then dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886.