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20 Bicentennial Photos That Will Give You Intense Flashbacks to 1976

Official Bicentennial LogoHappy Fourth of July, everybody! I’ve scoured Pinterest, Flickr and a bunch of blogs for these Bicentennial photos. Big props to the moms who made matching outfits for the entire family!

Where were you living on July 4, 1976? Do you remember what you did?

I was attending an elementary school in Colorado Springs that year. We had a school play and all the girls wore bonnets and dressed up like Betsy Ross. The boys wore white knee socks and dressed like Paul Revere. Throughout Colorado Springs, the city painted fire hydrants to look like Revolutionary  War minutemen.

Schools throughout America used the Bennington Flag featuring stars and the number 76 in school pictures. Sometimes, tiny liberty bells were used as props. It was a huge celebration all across the country and I remember it fondly.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 40 years ago since we celebrated America’s 200th birthday. We’ve traveled nearly halfway to our 300th birthday!

In case you missed it, last year I posted a trippy Bicentennial video the United States Information Agency created for the Bicentennial celebration.

20 Bicentennial Photos

Have a blessed Fourth of July!


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  1. MarieKat

    Every Independence Day I think of the one in 1976. The patriotic theme seemed to last a couple of years, too. There’s instant recall with everything from the red, white and blue streamers on my bike handles to the Shasta cream soda on the dock of the lake.

    There’s something in every one of those photos that I can relate to.

    I never understood why we wore Holly Hobbie clothes. But we did.

    • Jennifer

      I totally get what you mean about the Holly Hobbie clothes. Totally weird, eh? And, what about the prairie skirts and blouses that followed in the early 80s? LOL. I could see the Shasta can on the dock in my mind. Sweet memory and it isn’t even mine. Thanks, again, MarieKat, for stopping by.

  2. Kate

    The photos are reminiscent of 4th of July ’76 spent at a park with parents and siblings. One of my brothers, born in 72, had the bike with training wheels. I had a bigger green one with a long banana seat and fringe hanging off dipping handlbars.
    Was born in 70 btw.
    Some older freinds born in early 60s don’t identify as “boomers” although the media has moved the birth years up to mid 60s.

    • Jennifer

      I loved that fringe hanging from the handlebars. Social Security ends the Baby Boomer Generation at 1965, but the historian who wrote Generations and the Fourth Turning, Neil Howe, starts Generation X at 1961. That’s the number I go with as do many others. I don’t think you can be a Boomer if you don’t have some significant recollection of Vietnam. Thank you for stopping by!

      • Rusty

        I like that definition! I think it’s crazy to lump our generation with our parents who actually WERE “Baby Boomers”.


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