Kinda sad really. The quintessential American icon got little if any press attention. No big parade of tall ships, no speeches of note. Just a beautiful display (presumably put on by the Grucci family, I’m not sure if it was their work).
The one thing that matters (to me anyway), I was there. 25 years ago I was there for her 100th. Doesn’t seem like it, but alas it’s true. Only difference was then I was towing the fireworks and got THE front row seat. Even better, my family was aboard for the night’s events and we won’t ever look at fireworks the same way.
I submit this little bit of video taken from a vantage afforded by my spot in Bay Ridge Anchorage that night and a new cell phone that shoots amazing video. (check out the difference in quality starting at marker 00:00:29)
Happy Birthday Lady Liberty, it was a grand.