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Posted by Nate Goldman on Thursday, July 4th 2019:

On this most patriotic American holiday (July 4th), I was curious to know about past celebrations being held in Brooklyn, NY, honoring July 4th. I'm familiar with the fireworks celebrations, and other festivities. In any event, while searching through U-Tube, I came across a large military parade, which I never saw before. It was not held on July 4th, but on Jan. 12, 1946, in Manhattan. The newsreel was entitled "82nd Airborne Division Invades New York". The parade essentially welcomed our troops home from Europe, and celebrated their victory. The parade on 5th Avenue was four miles long. It featured hundreds of tanks, howitzers, armored vehicles, and thousands of GI's, marching proudly. In addition, dozens of C-47's roared overhead. There was additional footage which showed the GI's on foot getting off the Staten Island ferry. They either came into Brooklyn first, or proceeded directly to Manhattan. In addition, the heavy vehicles came via the George Washington Bridge. Unfortunately, the video is silent, but there appeared to be massive crowds viewing that parade, along with Mayor LaGuardia, and Governor Dewey.

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