(FOX NEWS) NEW YORK –  The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues.

A large crowd gathered for the holiday and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island with federal officials and New York’s mayor. Lines stretched blocks long for the boat, which left from Battery Park in Manhattan.

Rodney and Judy Long, of Charlotte, N.C., were the first people in line for the boat called Lady Liberty. They couldn’t get tickets to climb to the top of the statue, but they were just glad to be there for the big reopening, they said.

 

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