Heavily damaged when Superstorm Sandy washed over its tiny island nine months ago, the Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors, fittingly, on July Fourth.
The Sandy storm surge lifted water levels in New York harbor over the banks of Liberty Island, wrecking the landing docks where tourist ferries delivered their passengers, tearing up pathways on the island, and flooding buildings and facilities.
The island and statue — one of New York City’s top tourist attractions — was closed for repairs. Now, the fixes are apparently complete and Lady Liberty began welcoming the tourist boats once again on the morning of July Fourth.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France. It opened in October 1886, and eventually became legendary as one of the first, and most inspirational, sights glimpsed by generations of immigrants as they arrived in America.
The Fourth of July celebrations culminate Thursday night with the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” starting at 8/7c on NBC. Scheduled performers include Taylor Swift and Cher. The fireworks, to be launched from barges in the Hudson River on the West Side of Manhattan, are scheduled to start at approximately 9:25 (8:25c).