Happy 4th of July week everyone! And what a more symbolic week to reopen Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty National Monument than July 4th, Independence Day.
Liberty Island And The Statute Of Liberty Reopen
Both Liberty Island and The Statue Of Liberty have been closed to the public since Hurricane Sandy crippled the area on October 29, 2012. Liberty Island was in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, where at one point, nearly 75% of the island was under water. Though the Statue of Liberty itself didn’t sustain any damage, the island’s utilities, power system and backup generators were all destroyed. Pathways were ripped up and the ferry docks damaged.
Since the aftermath, The National Park Service has been hard at work cleaning up the area and repairing the massive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Now, after eight months, Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty are finally ready for the public.
Beginning on July 4th at 8:30 am, the ferries will once again begin departing from both Liberty State Park in New Jersey and Battery Park in New York City, bound for Liberty Island and The Statue of Liberty. Once again, the public will be able to stand beneath Lady Liberty, visit the pedestal, even possibly brave the climb up twenty two flights of stairs to capture the views from the crown.
Planning to visit the pedestal or climb to the crown? Buy your tickets in advance! Access to both the crown and the pedestal are limited. You don’t want to be disappointed to arrive and have no tickets available. Tickets can be purchased through Statue Cruises, the official provider of tickets and tours for The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island.
Ellis Island note – Ellis Island also sustained extensive Hurricane Sandy damage, and remains mostly closed to the public. As of this post, there is no scheduled re-opening date for the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
Celebrate With Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks!
If you happen to be in the New York – New Jersey area over the July 4th holiday, head on down and check out Lady Liberty! Don’t forget to Buy Tickets in advance. Then stick around to watch the impressive Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks over the Hudson River. I bet they are going to be spectacular.
Now that’s a true Independence Day celebration. Wish I could be there but alas, I will be 1200 miles away enjoying a 4th of July family vacation.
Happy 4th of July week!
May your week be a fun, festive, family filled week. Mine sure will be!
How will you be spending your 4th of July week? What are your favorite 4th of July activities? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Speaking of vacations, I’m on the way to enjoy mine. It’ll be a mix of adventure and downtime, family barbecues and lakeside relaxation. See you on the other side, with lots of memories, photos and tips to share.
Images from National Park Services and Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.