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Updated: 07/01/2014 04:18:02PM

Statue of Liberty reopens as US salutes July 4th

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Visitors to the Statue of Liberty disembark onto Liberty Island from the first ferry to leave Manhattan, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at in 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. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Statue of Liberty stands against a clear sky Thursday, July 4, 2013, on the first day it opened to tourists since Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor. The statue was spared in the fall storm, but most of the national landmark's 12-acre island took a serious beating. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By COLLEEN LONG

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty reopened on the Fourth of July, eight months after Superstorm Sandy shuttered the national symbol of freedom, as Americans around the country celebrated with fireworks and parades and President Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.

Hundreds lined up Thursday to be among the first to board boats destined for Lady Liberty, including New Yorker Heather Leykam and her family.

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