Pictures, Tours and Fireworks Keep Fairs' Celebrations Going

Queens is commemorating the anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs with several months of lectures, exhibitions, films, and tours throughout the borough.

2014 marks 75 years since the first fair, and 50 years since the second. Both were held in what is now known as Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

At the Queens Theatre, there are dozens of vintage photographs of the construction of the New York State Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, much of which remains in the park. The theater is also displaying Lego models of some of the symbols of that fair. 

Close to the park, the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing will have a model train exhibit later this month, as well as a concert. And over in Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image is showing movies and clips related to the fairs continuously.

Events culminate with a celebration of both fairs in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with historical tours, outdoor concert and fireworks.

A Lego model of the New York State Pavilion of the 1964 World's Fair (Courtesy Queens Theatre).

From May 24-May 26, the Queens Botanical Garden will have a model train, with a tiny Unisphere. Festivities will also include food and a live band (Courtesy Queens Botanical Garden).

A still from the film The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair, 1939. Audio Productions, Inc. Directed by Robert R. Snody (Courtesy Museum of the Moving Image).