July 2, 2009
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She may be 123 years old but don't ever say Lady Liberty isn't 'with it' when it comes to staying on top of new ways to communicate with her fans. Admirers of the Statue of Liberty can see a whole new side of her on Twitter, Flickr and at www.nps.gov/stli
"We are thrilled to be able to share this year's July 4 Independence Day celebrations at the Statue of Liberty. This year, we're using technology that keeps the public connected to this special event and communicating with each other in new and fun ways,” said National Parks of New York Harbor Commissioner Maria Burks. "In fact, you may even wonder if Lady Liberty is hiding a PDA or digital camera on top of her stone tablet."
Visitors can follow Twitter and Flickr to see the day's events unfold, but they can also visit the Statue of Liberty from their own home by taking the new Statue of Liberty National Monument eTour.
Take the Ultimate Head Trip!
If you can't visit the Statue of Liberty in person, don't despair. If you've always wanted to get 'inside' Liberty's head, now you can, virtually that is. The new eTour features and insider's view of the crown, a video bird's eye view of the statue, panoramic views of the harbor from the statue and the voices and words of the rangers and caretakers of Lady Liberty. The eTour is also a great way to listen, watch and learn more about the story behind making of the Statue of Liberty. You can learn about the symbolism residing in the original design of the statue. Visit http://www.nps.gov/stli/photosmultimedia/virtualtour.htm
How Tweet It Is!
Follow the day's events on Twitter: Fans can follow the day's proceedings, learn interesting facts about the statue and read tweets from the first visitors to the crown in almost a decade. Follow all the happenings at http://twitter.com/StatueLibrtyNPS
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read updates, known as tweets.
The Statue of Liberty's Flame 'Flickrs' Bright!
See event photos: Photo enthusiasts can see National Park Service images of the day's events. Join us and upload photos to show how you celebrate Independence Day. Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/statuelibrtynps
Flickr is an image and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community platform.
The Statue of Liberty's crown was closed to the public after the 9/11 attacks for safety and security reasons. This spring, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that beginning on July 4, the American public would again be able to visit the crown. Crown reservations are sold out for the 4th, however reservations for available dates can be made through the park's ferry concessioner, Statue Cruises, at www.statuecruises.com or by phone at 877-LADY-TIX (877-523-9849).
About The National Parks of New York Harbor
The National Parks of New York Harbor helps coordinate 10 National Parks with 23 unique destinations in New York City and northern New Jersey. The National Parks of New York Harbor includes nearly 27,000 acres and welcomes more than 12 million visitors each year. The parks offer year-round public programs, curriculum-based education, recreational opportunities, natural habitats, historic buildings and museum collections. There are also many opportunities to become involved in volunteer and stewardship activities. Visit www.nps.gov/npnh/newsroom to obtain RSS feeds on all the news about the National Parks of New York Harbor.