Hi everyone! It’s Lily here, after celebrating an awesome Fourth of July weekend! I hope all of you had a relaxing and fun holiday wherever you were celebrating it! In New York City, though, a very special lady celebrated the holiday in a different way: the Statue of Liberty has re-opened her crown to the public for the first time since the attacks of September 11th. Lady Liberty’s crown is reachable only by a narrow, 12-story spiral staircase—and it’s a long way to the top! No more than 10 people will be allowed in the crown at a time, giving visitors enough room to look around and experience the view. But climbing the crown isn’t an easy task.
Journeying up the 12-story staircase is a challenge even for people in top physical condition and isn’t intended for everyone. Once a visitor begins the climb, turning back before reaching the crown is nearly impossible, since each person is blocked by hundreds of people who are climbing the stairs both in front of them and behind them. But for those who are in good physical shape and have good endurance, the experience must leave visitors feeling patriotic and awestruck.
The Statue of Liberty itself is a pretty magnificent historical monument. The statue is officially named Liberty Enlightening the World and was given to the United States by the people of France in 1886 in honor of America’s 100th birthday. It is located on a small island in New York Harbor called Liberty Island, requiring guests to visit by boat. If you’re ever in New York City (or live there!) you should definitely try to pay Lady Liberty a visit. Whether you go to learn more about America’s history, to feel a sense of patriotic pride, or just to see the fantastic view, it’s sure to be an experience you won’t forget!