Statue of Liberty reopening on US landmark's 126th anniversary after renovations

The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public on Sunday, the U.S. landmark's 126th anniversary.

The statue has been closed for renovation to its interior, although the public has been allowed to visit its Liberty Island grounds in New York Harbor.

The $30 million renovation that began last year included replacing the stairs to the crown and making them less steep. There are now 393 steps instead of 354.

About 3.5 million people visit the statue every year. National Parks Service officials say the renovations will allow an additional 26,000 people to visit inside the monument annually.

The statue, a gift from France, was dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886.