Statue Of Liberty National Monument

Statue Of Liberty National Monument

See Lady Liberty and Ellis Island Under the Stars

September 9, 2009, 10:35 am

For two nights only, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will open at night as part of National Park Week.

To kick-off the National Park Service and  the  National  Park  Foundation’s celebration of the national parks on September 26 -- National Public Lands Day -- the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will for the first time, open to the public for a special  evening  tour and program event on September 24 and 25, 2009.  As part  of  the festivities, attendees will experience a sneak preview of Ken Burns’s  new documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea premiering on PBS the following evening.

“This  is  a  tremendous  opportunity for people to experience these iconic monuments  in  a  new setting,” said Dave Luchsinger, Superintendent of the Statue  of  Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. “We hope that these two  special  events  will  help to illustrate how unique our National Park system is.”

Ellis Island will be open on Thursday, September 24 and Liberty Island open on  Friday,  September  25.  Both nights boarding will take place at Statue Cruises’  boarding  locations  in  Liberty  State  Park  in Jersey City and Battery Park in Manhattan at 6 p.m. Vessels will return at 9 p.m.

Tickets  are  $29  per  individual  and include a voucher for a meal on the island.  Meals  will  be  distributed  at  each islands’ dining facilities. Vegetarian  options  will  be  available.   Tickets  can  be  purchased  at www.statuecruises.com/night-tour.html or by calling (877) LADY-TIX (877-523-9849).

The  Great Hall on Ellis Island will be open for visitors who would like to explore  the  exhibits.  On  Liberty Island the Pedestal, Museum and Statue will not be open, but rangers will be stationed around the island providing interpretation and answering questions.

The  special  evening  events  on Ellis and Liberty Islands will kick-off a nationwide  day  of  service  and  celebration  on September 26th, National Public  Lands  Day.   Together,  the National Park Service and the National Park  Foundation  are  inviting  the public across the country to help make America’s  Best  Idea  –  the national parks – even better.   Together, the national  parks  will welcome visitors and volunteers for this special day, and  as  thanks,  present  as  sneak  preview  of Ken Burns’s new film, The National  Parks:  America’s  Best  Idea.   A  full listing of park events--updated daily--is online at: www.nps.gov/september26