36 years ago on July 3rd, 1986
The opening ceremony of Liberty Weekend begins four days of celebrations around the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary and reopening after an extensive renovation
There were multiple musical events, a parade of ships, a blimp race, and the relighting of the Statue of Liberty's torch after two years of renovation work. Many major performers and conductors were featured in concerts across the NYC area, including a night concert on July 5th in Central Park that attracted 800,000 attendees, becoming one of the largest audiences in history. The blimp race above the Hudson would be replicated 25 years later to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.