Statue of Liberty reopens for Fourth of July 2013 celebrationBy Angel Cuala on Jul 5, 2013 in United States •
The historical Statue of Liberty reopens this Thursday, July 4, 2013, as part of the Fourth of July celebration this year. This is after it was closed due to repair of damages caused by Hurricane Sandy last October. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, and was attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
(From L-R) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, New Jersey
Sen. Bob Menendez, and National Parks Service Director
Jonathan Jarvis, during the Statue of Liberty
reopening ceremony (July 4, 2013)
Credit: David Handschuh/New York Daily News
As noted at the New York Daily News, thousands of people from across the US arrived at New York Harbor, Manhattan, New York City to visit the 151-foot tall Statue of Liberty, in celebration of the country’s 237th birthday, also known as Independence Day.
“Lady Liberty, whose welcome to all is ‘to all who yearn to breathe free’ is just, I think, like the Fourth of July. It’s at the heart of what America really is all about.” Michael Bloomberg said during the Statue of Liberty reopening ceremony.
“It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves, of how lucky we are to have ourselves or our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, come here so that we could have all of the opportunities that the most wonderful country in the world provides,” Mayor Bloomberg added.
The New York City mayor was joined by Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, and National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis during the event, as the Statue of Liberty is now open again to tourists. However, Ellis Island, which was completely submerged after the Superstorm Sandy, is still close to public and date of its reopening is still unknown.
In related but bad news, an 8-year-old boy reportedly died in the middle of the Fourth of July celebration in Edmond, Oklahoma, also that day. Reports said that the boy’s father was driving a trailer and the boy was among the 20 kids riding with him. Local authorities told reports this Fourth of July accident is unlikely due to foul play, and the boy “either jumped or fell off” of a flat-bed trailer.
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