Statue of Liberty to Reopen Independence Day
The National Park Service announced it will reopen the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island starting July 4. This will be the first time visitors will have access to the island since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October.
The Statue of Liberty, built by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi on October 28 1886, is the United States’ iconic symbol of freedom and welcomes immigrants arriving from abroad. It has been restored three times since it opened, namely in 1938, 1986, and most recently in 2012. The statue was maintained by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901, followed by the Department of War, until the National Park Service took responsibility for it in 1933.
Starting Thursday, visitors will be able to access the statue’s crown, pedestal, observation deck, museum, and grounds. The statue’s torch is not open to the public, a policy that has been in place since 1916 due to safety reasons.
Meanwhile, Ellis Island remains closed to visitors while it is undergoes continued restoration due to damage from Sandy.
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