Elizabeth and her friend from Los Angeles came day after day just hoping visiting of the Lady Liberty would reopen. Upon the news she had the following to say: "This is like the only thing I pretty much wanted to do. But hoping for the best, that the government would open their eyes and open up for all us people".
All 33 sites which were under National Park Service jurisdiction remained closed ever since October 1st when the federal government partially shutdown. The Statue of Liberty was visited in 2011 by almost 4 million people. This generated over $170 million dollars.
Grand Canyon reopened on Saturday. Mount Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rushmore National Memorial opened for visitors along with many other parks (According to National Park's website).