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It’s an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.
As , the National Park Service had a lot of work to do on the island after Sandy. While the statue wasn’t damaged, “docks, the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and … the security screening system” were crippled.
Thursday, the first ferry to the island left Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. ET. As you would expect, tickets and reservations are said to be sold out for today. If you’re hoping to visit in coming days or weeks, the Park Service has all the .
You don’t have to be in New York City, though, to get a live view of Lady Liberty on the 4th. There’s — including one that from across the harbor.
Also, National Geographic has posted “,” and our colleagues at WNYC have re-posted their 2011 .