4 July is independence day of United States, the next ceremony (2013) also will be a moment to re-open the Statue of Liberty after being closed because of the hurricane Sandy. United States Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar announced that the Statue of Liberty in New York will re-open on the anniversary of the U.S. Independence Day July 4, 2013.
“The hurricane Sandy has destroyed existing facilities around the Statue of Liberty. However, we have to fix it. Residents and tourists can go back to see the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day later,” he said, as quoted from HuffingtonPost, Thursday (03/21/2013).
Sandy Hurricane, which occurred in October 2012 and then, does not destroy the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island but the ruin, where the statue stood. The storm destroyed the sidewalks and flooded the surrounding buildings. When a storm occurs, Liberty Island flooded by more than two meters.
The Statue of Liberty is a giant statue situated in Upper New York Bay on Liberty Island, south of Ellis Island, New York. According to wikipedia, this famous tourist attractions in New York has been visited 3.2 million tourists in 2009.