Date: Aug 30, 2013
Press Release Number: 89-2013
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will unfurl the world’s largest free-flying American flag at the George Washington Bridge as a tribute to working men and women across the country in recognition of Labor Day. The 450-pound flag will be flown Monday, September 2 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Located under the upper arch of the bridge’s New Jersey tower, the flag is 90 feet by 60 feet and drapes vertically, flying freely, responding to breezes from the Hudson River or Palisades. The flag’s stripes are approximately five feet wide and the stars measure about four feet in diameter.
Media and members of the public interested in getting photographs and video of the flag can do so from the Lemoine Avenue overpass in Fort Lee and the north area overlook of Fort Lee Historical Park located on Hudson Terrace.
CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey212-435-7777
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.