Largest free-flying flag at Stevens

See the largest U.S. flag balloon at Stevens in Hoboken

Honor America, and come down to Stevens Institute this Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 to see the world’s largest free-flying flag. It’s 5 stories tall!

largest flying flag at Stevens in Hoboken NJ - Largest free-flying flag at Stevens


Salute to America


Stevens Institute of Technology Athletic Complex
1 Castle Point on Hudson (via 9th Street & Washington Street)
Hoboken, NJ


TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 – 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The 4th of July is this week and we’re raising – OK, we’re inflating – the largest free flying American Flag ever produced! Please join us as we Salute America with this 53-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide, and 29-foot deep special shaped hot air balloon courtesy of the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning this Tuesday, July 3rd to kickoff the Independence Day holiday weekend in grand old flag style!

The American Flag balloon:

  • can carry 3 passengers in addition to the pilot
  • is 53 feet tall … that’s the same height as a 5 story building
  • can hold 700,000 3-foot by 5-foot American flags
  • requires 30 MILLION BTUs of propane to be fully inflated!

The American Flag is one of the 100 hot air balloons that will be at the 30th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in association with PNC Bank, July 27-28-29, 2012 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ. The Festival is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America with upwards of 175,000 people expected to attend. The annual Festival takes place the last weekend in July in Hunterdon County, less than 1 hour from New York City and Philadelphia, and has raised more than $2 million for local and regional charities including the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals through ticket sales proceeds over the past 19 years.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:34 pm

Currently on the Drudge Report, there is a photo on the right side that is of this balloon being inflated in Hoboken at Stevens.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 8:46 am

I was hoping to catch a glimpse of it from the 126 this AM. I did, but it was still in what seemed like the ‘inflation’ stage at 7:45 AM. Looks gi-normous!

Thursday, July 3, 2008 7:13 am

AWESOME ! I can’t wait to see this !

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 1:06 pm

[quote comment=”90712″]Can the 4 passengers be Mayor Roberts, the Police Chief, the Saftey Director, and the Budget Guy?[/quote]

As of today, we have an “Acting Chief” of police. Former Police Chief Labruno has now officially retired before the City took their opportunity to fire him first.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008 12:42 pm

[quote comment=”90712″]Can the 4 passengers be Mayor Roberts, the Police Chief, the Saftey Director, and the Budget Guy?[/quote]

They could, but they wouldn’t be going very far. Because of the proximity to NYC this baloon is likely to be tethered in place. It’s dangerous to take off so close to Manhattan and there are few good places to land in the area. You need lots of open space to land a baloon, which doesn’t have a steering wheel. The wind takes you where it wants, and around here that could mean well out to sea!

Looks like a fun way to promote the baloon festival. I’m glad they are coming to Hoboken.

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