A Letter From the Publisher: Jul. 14, 1986

This week's coverage of Liberty Weekend festivities in New York harbor includes the largest photograph ever published in TIME. A shore-to-shore image of the fireworks display at the Statue of Liberty, it spans four pages and is followed by a three-page panoramic picture of Operation Sail ships on the Hudson River.

Not surprisingly, the project posed some unique and vexing challenges. To be in the right place at the right time for sweeping views, photographers stationed themselves on wharves, docks, boats, helicopters and even blimps around Liberty Island. Obtaining pictures of brilliant fireworks bursting above a completely lighted Statue of Liberty...

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