Chris Bartnick, 46, (L) hoists his daughter Aleyna, 8, both of Merrick, N.Y. for a better view from the crown of the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2009 in New York City. The crown of the famous statue, which was closed to the public after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was opened again on the nation's Independence Day for a limited number of visitors each day. The base, pedestal and outdoor observation deck were reopened in 2004, but the crown remained off-limits. Photos via Getty.
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Aaron Weisinger, 26, surprises his girlfriend Erica Breder, 25, both of Walnut Creek, California with a wedding proposal while visiting the crown of the Statue of Liberty on July 4th.
Clouds hover over downtown Manhattan (as seen) from a view from the crown of the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2009
The New York City skyline is seen in the distance as fireworks explode over the Hudson River during the Macy's fireworks display July 4, 2009 in Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the first time since 2000 that the Macy's display took place over the Hudson River and not the East River.