Lady Liberty’s special guests

Statue of LibertyMembers of “Liberty: The Musical” will perform selections from the show Saturday during the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty’s crown. Broadway’s Sasha Allen (“Hair) and a chorus of city youngsters also will participate in the event, which will include “Liberty’s” group of “Huddled Masses.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 9 a.m. on the Fourth, when people will again be allowed to visit the crown.

But beware: The opening weekend of visits has long since sold out.

You can still make reservations to climb the 168 steps another time by calling 877-523-9849. Or go to

Crown tickets cost $3 above the regular admission charge, which is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Seniors get in for $10. All include the ferry ride.

The base, pedestal and lower observation deck have been reopened since 9/11, but this is a symbolic American gesture — telling the world we won’t blink in the face of any threat.

Only 240 visitors will be allowed each day. A lottery will determine the 30 visitors an hour who can climb the narrow, spiral staircase to the crown each hour. A National Park Service ranger will shepherd them in groups of 10.

In two years, the crown will be closed again for further renovation, federal authorities said.

“Liberty: The Musical” is, as its originators call it, “the story of America’s most famous immigrant, who arrives from France in 1884 amid anti-foreigner fervor. Liberty wins over the people of the U.S., who raise the money to build her pedestal.” Continued→


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