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Statue of Liberty reopens after Sandy; tribute for Arizona firefighters this 4th of July

As the nation celebrates the Fourth of July, the Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public for the first time since Superstorm Sandy swamped Lady Liberty's little island.

A large crowd is expected for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Federal officials and New York's mayor are slated to attend. The first boats leave for the island from New York and New Jersey at 8:30 a.m.

Some repairs to brick walkways and docks are still under way, but much of the work has been completed since Sandy swamped most of the national landmark's 12-acre site.

In Arizona, sober tributes will be held for 19 firefighters who died earlier this week battling a blaze near Yarnell. The city of Boston prepares to host the first large gathering since the marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds.