(CNN) — Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a sign of recovery from Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.
The Statue of Liberty’s reopening was a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains in much of the country and limited by the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequester, which left numerous military bases without annual fireworks displays.
“It is hard to imagine a more appropriate or powerful way to commemorate our nation’s founding than to reopen the Statue of Liberty, which is a symbol throughout the world of the freedom America cherishes,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island, which was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October just days after the site was closed for a year of renovations.
Thursday, crowds lined up to board ferries for one of the world’s most iconic attractions.
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