Lady Liberty Centennial

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.

July 4 Article


About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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2 Responses to Lady Liberty Centennial

  1. Fab post – thoroughly enjoyed reading the newspaper article.

    • kjw616 says:

      Thank you. I have had this box of newspapers sitting in my attic and am now finally reading them. This particular one was fitting for the holiday but also had information which I didn’t know about. I will pull out the moon landing ones in a few weeks to correspond to the 47th anniversary.

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