Statue of Liberty reopens for the first time since Superstorm Sandy

Posted at 9:29 AM, Jul 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-04 10:34:52-04

After months of repair work, the Statue of Liberty is once again open to the public just in time for the July 4th holiday.

The first ferry left Battery Park at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. It was filled with people excited to visit the iconic statue on our nation’s Independence Day.

Liberty Island was closed following Superstorm Sandy. And while the statue was not damaged, the island had major flooding and infrastructure damage.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials were scheduled to officially reopen Liberty Island Thursday morning.

It’s estimated the damage on Liberty Island and Ellis Island combined, cost $59 million.

Ellis Island remains closed and still needs repairs.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty was closed because of damage by Superstorm Sandy to Liberty Island.