(NEW YORK) — For the first time since Superstorm Sandy, the Statue of Liberty opened to visitors on July 4.
According to USA Today, the first ferries to Liberty Island arrived at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday with guests able to purchase tickets via the Internet, over the phone or in person at the ferry station.
While the statue and its base were not damaged by Sandy, the docks and pathways were flooded and required repairs. The framework of the statue itself enabled the monument to withstand the intense winds, says USA Today.
USA Today also reports that access to the crown of the statue was sold out for Independence Day. Lines on Thursday stretched for blocks with people trying to catch a ferry to Liberty Island.
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