Statue of Liberty Ready to Party on July 4

The Statue of Liberty is seen from Liberty Island on October 28, 2011 in New York City.  One hundred and twenty five citizens were naturalized in honor of the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday.
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The big, green, freedom-signifying Hurricane Sandy victim will reopen to the public on Independence Day for the first time since the storm. Before that, the Statue of Liberty’s interior, which had been closed more than a year for renovations, was scheduled to welcome visitors again on her 126th birthday, October 28, a.k.a. the day before the storm hit. So it’s been a while.