Liberty Island has been closed since Hurricane Sandy struck New York in October 2012.
Fourth of July marks the day that the City will become whole again and the Liberty Island and the beautiful Statue of Liberty will reopen. It’s the perfect day to remind us what the Statue originally stood for as a universal symbol for freedom. Get a dose of freedom on Independence Day with a visit to the Statue for one of the first tours offered in almost two years. To get a view of Lady Liberty, there are many locations throughout the city to go as well. Celebrate in New York City for an extra patriotic 4th of July in NYC this year.
Statue Cruises is the only ferry to Liberty Island. Boats will leave from Battery Park in Manhattan and Liberty State Park in New Jersey again on July 4th. Book a ticket to visit the crown and grab a ride to the island.
Sightseeing Cruises in NYC
In addition to the ferry to Liberty Island, there are tons of amazing sightseeing cruises in New York City that provide fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty, as well as many other must-see attractions. Sightseeing cruises are huge this weekend, so it’s a good idea to book in advance online to reserve a spot. Check out the Classic Harbor Line cruises, CircleLine Full Island Cruises or the fabulous Seasteak Sightseeing Cruises. Many of these companies are also offering fireworks cruises that evening in NYC, which are the perfect way to take in views of it all. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra Present The Riverboat Ball! Dance, drink and dine this 4th of July aboard a genuine riverboat in New York City! Enjoy the unrivaled views of the Macy's 4th of July fireworks as champagne is flowing and the hottest 1920's jazz entertainment keeps the party going!
Staten Island Ferry
This free service is run by the City of New York to transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. It is also a great ride for anyone who wants a quick tour of a few of the City’s landmarks. There is a perfect view of the Statue from the deck and it runs 24 hours a day.
NYC Jet Ski Tours
A jet ski tour is a great way to take in the City, especially on those hot summer days in Manhattan. Fantastic pictures can be snapped from the water while everyone zooms through the waters a powerful jet ski. Guided tours are offered by Rockaway Jet Ski Tours and Jetty Jumpers NYC for various amounts of time offer amazing views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and much more. Jet ski tours in NYC are a great way to get out on the water, and be in control of how fast, how close and what sites you’re seeing.
At Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, hitch a ride to Liberty Island or catch the Staten Island Ferry close by. To just get a glimpse of Lady Liberty, stop by the park while checking out all the other fun things to do in Lower Manhattan. The Museum of Jewish Heritage has tall windows that look out to the Statue of Liberty and a sound installation of refugees discussing why they chose to make the US their home. The Ritz Carlton offers guest rooms with views of the Statue and telescopes for up-close looks.
Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic landmark of NYC and every visitor should experience a walk across it. The view from above the East River includes that Lower Manhattan skyline and Lady Liberty herself. Looking for something a little more adventurous? Hop on a bike and ride over the bridge and into Brooklyn. There are tons of places to explore around there, and many companies like Bike and Roll offer guided bike tours, and rentals that are perfect for a Brooklyn Bridge bike ride.
Take a trip to Governors Island and spend the day biking, picnicking, festivals and more. There will be live music on Governors Island 4th of July weekend, including Dirty Dutch with Chuckie, Gregori Klosman + Special Guest on the 4th. Located a mile out from the tip of Lower Manhattan all the activities on the island have a great view of the Statue.
Liberty State Park
Located in New Jersey, this waterfront park still has great views of Lady Liberty. Take a ferry from Manhattan to the other side of the Hudson River to be 2,000 feet from the Statue.