Independence day – July 4 had a special resonance this year in New York. Tourists flocked to Liberty Island home of the Statute of Liberty which was reopened after being shut down last October when ‘Superstorm Sandy’ approached. Although the monument was not damaged 75 percent of the island was swamped by surges during the storm.
The festivities at the statue were repeated across the states in parties and picnics and some unique American festivities. The annual hot dog eating competition saw contestants trying to beat the world record – scoffing 68 of them in just ten minutes.
The celebrations marked one of the biggest public gatherings since the bombings at the Boston marathon in April and security across the country was unprecedented.