It is 4th of July week and what better time to visit one of our national treasures, the iconic Statue of Liberty. Millions have passed through Liberty Island to see Lady Liberty and for me it was my first trip and loved every minute of it.

We began our day at Liberty State Park in Jersey City where we parked and took a tour of the park, including a look at the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial. The park has great views of the Manhattan skyline and it's the best access to Lady Liberty.

The only way to access the Statue of Liberty is by boat. Official ferries depart from Battery Park on the New York Side and Liberty State Park on the Jersey side. You definitely want to book ahead of time to save time when you get there. We booked our trip and printed our tickets at home, so we saved time. Keep in mind there will be lines to board and it is a bit time-consuming. The ferries leave Liberty State Park and first stop at Ellis Island, the historic port for immigrants  As America's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954, it processed approximately 12 million immigrants to the United States through the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Shawn Michaels

After Ellis Island, it was off to Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty and museums are located. Be sure to not only tour Lady Liberty but also walk the grounds and tour the museum as well. Tickets for the statue also give you an option to tour the "pedestal" and the "crown" but they are limited and may not always be available.

Shawn Michaels

There are restrooms and refreshments available on the island. Try to avoid bringing oversized bags and backpacks as some are prohibited and there are several security checkpoints to go through, depending on your particular ticket options. We toured the "pedestal" and it was interesting. You can either take the stairs up or there is an elevator. Crown tickets are on a longer waiting list, so if you wanna go up-up-up be sure to book well ahead of time.

April and I totally enjoyed our trip and it was another "bucket list" item, great to see this 4th of July week! Happy Birthday America and don't forget, 92.7 WOBM is your official home for the 4th of July in Ocean County with the 79th Annual Beachwood Fireworks on the Toms River. Join Shawn & Sue as they broadcast live starting at 7 p.m. from Beachwood Beach, then when the fireworks kick off, be sure to have 92.7 WOBM on as we provide the official soundtrack for the fireworks. Brought to you by Toyota World of Lakewood, and Ocean County’s official 4th of July station – 92.7 WOBM!

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