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The lighting system that illuminates the exterior of the Statue of Liberty will be temporarily turned off from 6 PM to approximately 11:30 PM this evening, August 23, 2017. The lights on the statue’s torch and crown will remain illuminated, drawing power from a small emergency back-up generator located within the monument.
The exterior lighting outage is necessary to complete work required for the installation of a new emergency backup generator for Liberty Island. The generator was placed in a new resilient structure specifically built to house it above projected flood elevations. The work is being conducted at night to avoid electrical outages during the day that would impact visitors and disrupt daily operations on the island. The Statue of Liberty National Monument received over 4.5 million visitors last year.