Statue of Liberty to Reopen July 4
The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public on July 4, 2013. (Ellis Island remains closed until further notice.) Tickets and reservations are now available through Statue Cruises, including limited tickets to the crown and pedestal. More »
SPECIAL USE PERMITSA special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and/or those requiring some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and/or the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are non-competitive sporting events, public spectator attractions, festivals, concerts, ceremonies, and cultural programs.
First Amendment ActivitiesFreedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Therefore, all first amendment activities require special use permits and the NPS may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. These types of events may include distribution and/or sale of printed matter, religious services, public demonstrations or assemblies, collecting signatures for petitions, etc.
Requests for Special Use Permits for activities relating to public assembly, commercial filming, and printed matter should be requested in writing.
Official Requests in writing should be sent to:
Did You Know?
Ellis Island is not its own National Park site. It was added to the National Park system in May of 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and was opened to the public as a museum of immigration in 1990.