The New Yorker‘s first issue was dated February 21, 1925. When the magazine’s first opportunity for a July 4th cover arrived it was handled by Ilonka Karasz, already a veteran New Yorker cover artist. She had also provided the April 4th, April 25th, and May 30th covers, just one cover short of tying Rea Irvin, who had provided 5 covers by July (including, of course, the magazine’s very first cover).
Ms. Karasz went on to contribute 183 more covers following this incredible 4th of July 3D-like beauty (her last cover appeared October 22, 1977). There’s a good sized Wikipedia entry on her life & career.
To see more of her covers, visit The New Yorker‘s Cartoon Bank here.