Secretary Jewell, Mayor Bloomberg to Re-Open Statue of Liberty on July 4th

Nation's Birthday to Mark First Public Access to Iconic Symbol Since Hurricane Sandy

Last edited 9/29/2021

NEW YORK, N.Y. – On July 4, 2013, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and other dignitaries in a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Liberty Island to celebrate the reopening.

A ferry from the Marine Inspection Office in lower Manhattan will provide accredited media access to Liberty Island to cover the ceremony. There will be no media access to the Statue or pedestal.


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger

Other dignitaries


Re-Opening Ceremony for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island


Thursday, July 4, 2013, 10:30 a.m. EDT (media must arrive by 8:00 a.m. EDT)


Marine Inspection Office (MIO), located in between the U.S. Coast Guard building and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan, to board the media ferry to Liberty Island


Credentialed members of the media must RSVP via email no later than 12:00 P.M. EDT on Wednesday, July 3, to secure space on the ferry. Please send an email to with “STATUE REOPENING RSVP” in the subject line. Please include the name of the media outlet you represent, contact information, and the names and titles of representatives attending the event.

Additional logistical information will be provided upon receipt of RSVP