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Statue of Liberty celebrates its 125th birthday

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The Statue of Liberty’s torch has been closed since 1916, but starting this Friday, people around the world will enjoy breathtaking vistas from the golden perch 305 feet above New York Harbor.

In honor of the monument's 125th anniversary this Friday, five webcams will go live on Lady Liberty's torch and start delivering live panoramic views of New York City, as well as a rare look at the tablet she cradles in her left hand.

The launch of the torch cams is part of a full day of events, which will include a naturalization ceremony in the morning and a Macy’s fireworks spectacular in the evening.

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All events are on Ellis Island

8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Naturalization ceremony

One-hundred and twenty-five people from more than 40 countries will be naturalized.

10 a.m.-noon: National Park Service ceremony

The main ceremony, which will feature a reading of Emma Lazarus' famous poem "The New Colossus" by Sigourney Weaver and the giving of a gift of friendship to a French representative.

1:30 p.m.: Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
The group will present a donation to the Statue of Liberty National Monument for the 75th year.

7:45 p.m.: Macy's Fireworks Grand Finale

Two barges behind Lady Liberty will launch a 12-minute pyrotechnic display synchronized to patriotic music and an original song.

Follow reporter Tim Herrera on Twitter: @tim_herrera


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