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17 Photos Showing What the End of the Government Shutdown Looks Like

Plus a "Panda Cam" update!

National Park Service employees remove barricades from the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Barriers went down at National Park Service sites and thousands of furloughed federal workers began returning to work throughout the country Thursday after 16 days off the job because of the partial government shutdown.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The barricades that were knocked over by protesters during the federal government shutdown have been officially taken away, opening parks now that Congress passed and the president signed a bill funding the government and restoring borrowing authority into 2014.

Here are 17 pictures showing what the end of the shutdown looks like from the parks' perspective.

For those who have been waiting for the National Zoo's Giant Panda Cam to come back online, it should be up later today. For now, content yourselves with this video of the now-8-week-old cub getting measured:

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