Statue of Liberty reopens for first time since Superstorm Sandy

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Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.

The Statue of Liberty has been closed since Liberty Island, where it stands, was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October. It had been open only a few days after a year of renovations.

Thursday, crowds lined up to board ferries for one of the world’s most iconic sites. After a ribbon cutting, the first visitors arrived just before 9 a.m.

(Trivia alert: The statue is formally known as Liberty Enlightening the World.)

The timing of the reopening “couldn’t be better” for the New York City area, CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. After seeing rainfall for eight of the past 10 days, the region should see dry, though hot, weather for July Fourth festivities.

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