Just in time for the Fourth of July, the iconic Statue of Liberty is set to reopen to visitors today (Thursday). It's been nine months since Superstorm Sandy flooded Liberty Island, but now one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations is back in business, including the 305-foot-tall crown. Officials with Statue Cruises say access to the crown is sold out for Independence Day.
Storm surge from Sandy covered three-quarters of the Liberty Island and all of Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty had just reopened following a year of renovations the day before Hurricane Sandy hit.
Monument officials say the storm did not damage historical areas, but surrounding docks and pathways were impacted.