While you may not have time to visit and climb the Statue of Liberty this 4th of July, you can still appreciate Ms. Liberty’s beauty and historical significance with these 15 facts that you probably didn’t know about Lady Liberty. Enjoy and have a safe and happy 4th of July!
1. Her full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. And you thought your parents tortured your childhood with a name that’s too long.
2. She is meant to represent the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas.
3. If she wore shoes they’d be a size 879. Try buying for that size.
4. She has a 34 foot waistline. (that might be beyond the reach of Weight Watchers. Sorry, Lady Liberty)
5. The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty. Who knew?
6. She’s not green on purpose. She is actually made out of copper and has turned green as a result of oxidation, not because she’s seasick.
7. The statue’s face was said to be modelled on the sculptor’s mother, Charlotte. (Does that put your Mother’s Day present to shame or what?
8. During a storm in which winds reach up to 50 mph the statue can sway 3 inches and her torch can sway back and forth 5 inch to each side. Frightening.
9. It is estimated that the Statue of Liberty gets hit by around 600 bolts of lightning each year. Check out this amazing photo op caught on camera in 2010.
10. No one has been able to visit the torch since 1916 when German saboteurs set off an explosion during World War One.
11. For all you nitpicky folks – The head is actually 2 feet off center. Try looking at it without noticing that now.
12. Building the statue today would cost about $10 million.
13. At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles signifying breaking through oppression and tyranny.
14. The Statue of Liberty’s original torch is now on display at the monument’s museum. (So you mean that’s a fake?)
15. The statue functioned as an actual lighthouse from 1886 to 1902. There was an electric plant on the island to generate power for the light, which could be seen 24 miles away.