It's an even more notable July Fourth this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.
As NPR's Eyder Peralta reported in March, the National Park Service had a lot of work to do on the island after Sandy. While the statue wasn't damaged, "docks, the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and ... the security screening system" were crippled.
Thursday, the first ferry to the island left Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. ET. As you would expect, tickets and reservations are said to be sold out for today. If you're hoping to visit in coming days or weeks, the Park Service has all the details about how to do that posted here.
Also, National Geographic has posted "Rare Views of Statue of Liberty in Time for Reopening," and our colleagues at WNYC have re-posted their 2011 video report on the statue's 125th anniversary.