ATLANTA, March 23, 2013 — Closed since Hurricane Sandy, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in New York City are expected to re-open July 4, the National Park Service said this week.
“July Fourth is the perfect day to reopen a symbol of our nation’s freedom, and it speaks volumes about New York’s resilience,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said in a statement.
“Lady Liberty was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, but just like New York, she will be back – and stronger than ever,” Schumer added. “Being open for the summer tourism season isn’t just important symbolically, it’s a boon to the city’s economy and businesses, as the statue attracts millions of tourists from all over the world to our shores.”
“Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue’s official name, was officially dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. The original ceremony featured a ticker-tape parade and a flotilla featuring nearly 300 vessels that sailed to Liberty Island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island.
Roughly 4 million people visit the the Statue of Liberty annually. The monument, located in New Jersey, is a symbol of New York and the nation.
The July 4 re-opening will be the second such occurrence in the past half-decade. The statue’s crown, which was closed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks re-opened on July 4, 2009, fulfilling a promise Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made in January 2009. To reach the crown, visitors must climb a 168-step, double-helix spiral staircase.
“I fully expect that once again we will meet the July 4th deadline to reopen Lady Liberty, thanks to the commitment and hard work of the National Park Service staff, the Department of Transportation, and our many local and state partners,” Salazar said. “As we rebuild the region, we will do so in a way that makes New York and New Jersey stronger, safer and more resilient than ever before.”
The Statue of Liberty also temporarily closed in October 201l, as part of a $27.25 million rehabilitation project that included a number of upgrades and safety changes.
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