As I mentioned in a previous post, Dad was a collector. Among his old newspapers I found an issue of the New York Daily News—July 5, 1986. New York City was celebrating the centennial of the Statue of Liberty and the reopening of the statue after a four-year renovation.
The celebration included the largest display of fireworks in US history, with fireworks from a dozen countries. Additionally, from the comfort of our house we viewed “Op Sail,” which was a parade of ships in New York Harbor. President Reagan watched the event from one of the ships.
I did not recall the activity described in the news article below. Apparently there was also a blimp race—5 in all—which began at the George Washington Bridge and continued to Battery Park.
Read and enjoy.