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Statue of Liberty’s Big Bash in NYC

Looking for fun ways to raise a toast to the Lady Liberty on her 125th birthday this Friday? From daytime ceremonies to dinner at a swanky hotel or on a harbor cruise, we’ve got your evening covered.

Ellis Island Events

The day kicks off on Oct. 28 on Ellis Island with a special naturalization ceremony at 8:45 a.m., where 125 people from more than 40 countries will receive their citizenship. At 10 a.m., the National Park Service begins its program, which will include a poetry reading from Sigourney Weaver and a birthday cake baked by celebrity pastry chef Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss.Stick around until 7:45 p.m. for more than 10 minutes of spectacular fireworks. For more information, check the Ellis Island web site.

What to Do at Night

Take a Harbor Cruise
Nothing beats being out on the water during a fireworks display. Three of your best options—all of which include dinner and music—are Statue Cruises ($84); World Yacht at Pier 81 ($80); and Bateaux New York ($134.90).

Splurge at the Ritz
If you aren’t a hotel guest and want to see the fireworks, book dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park’s restaurant, 2 West for special "Libertini" cocktails and a gourmet meal from chef James Dangler. Guests at the Ritz can watch the show from the hotel’s top floor, which offers panoramic views of the harbor from the lounge as well as the outdoor deck.

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The celebration kicks off a $27.3 million renovation project that will close the statue on Oct. 29 for one year. Liberty Island will remain open during the construction, and you can catch a 24/7 view from Lady Liberty’s torch with a new webcam that’s being installed.

Heading to New York City soon? Get the best planning information and more for your trip with our New York City Travel Guide.

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