26 Photographs of the America's 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration

26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration

Jacob Miller - July 4, 2017

On July 4, 1976, the United States of America celebrated the 200-year, Bicentennial, anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

On July 4, 1966, Congress created the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission which was tasked with deciding a single city in which to host the celebration, either Philadelphia or Boston, and planning the festivities. After six and a half years of heated debate they could not decide on a host city. The Commission was disbanded.

On December 11, 1973, Congress created the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration which was tasked with encouraging and coordinating locally sponsored events.

The Bicentennial came only one year after the American Army withdrew, defeated, from Vietnam and the Ford Administration stressed the themes of renewal, rebirth, and restoration of traditional values.

The Bicentennial events began April 1, 1975, with the launch of the American Freedom Train from Wilmington, Delaware on a 25,388-mile tour of the contiguous states. On January 19, 1976, George Washington was posthumously named General of the Armies of the United States, Public Law 19-479, which was to take effect July 4, 1976. Independence Day was marked with parades, including a nautical parade of tall masted sailing ships in the Hudson River, museum exhibitions, and elaborate fireworks displays across the nation.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip made a symbolic visit to the United States and gave the gift of a replica Liberty Bell, cast in the same foundry as the original, with the inscription “For the People of the United States of America from the People of Britain 4 July 1976 LET FREEDOM RING.”

July 4, 1976, was a day of patriotic celebration that will be unparalleled until the Tricentennial.

26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Bicentennial Celebration, 1976. Smithsonian
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Children at the Washington D.C. parade. Smithsonian
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Crowds at the Washington Monument. Smithsonian
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
John Rusk as the National Museum of American History’s Uncle Sam during their July 4th activities. Smithsonian Institution Archives
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Man handing out bicentennial magazines. Smithsonian
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Lunch at the National Mall, Washington DC. Smithsonian
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Vendors selling wares at the Washington D.C. parade. Smithsonian
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
President Gerald Ford at Bicentennial Celebrations on July 4, 1976 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA. Pinterest
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
July 4th, 1976 – Bicentennial celebration in New York Harbor. Operation Sail. Steven Lindner.
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
The Twin Towers With The Schooner America. Taken during The Parade Of Sail – Bicentennial Celebrations New York 4th July 1976. Terry Fellows
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Cooking Ribs, July 4, 1776 Jefferson County. Pinterest
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Woman celebrates bicentennial wearing crocheted red white and blue vest and hat. Pinterest
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Independence Day Parade at Disney World. Pinterest

26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Empire State Building lighted for the Bicentennial. Smithsonian Institution.
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Fireworks over the Statue of Liberty in the Bicentennial Independence Day Celebration, 1976. Reddit
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
A huge crowd celebrates the mall in Washington on Sunday, July 4 1976. Pinterest
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
A Russian dancer in lower Manhattan celebrates the American Bicentennial in 1976. Katrina Thomas, New York Folklore Society
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Charles Mingus at a performance for the U.S. Bicentennial in New York City, New York, July 4, 1976 Photo by Tom Marcello. Pinterest
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Peoples Bicentennial Commission at Boston Tea Party reenactment, Faneuil Hall. Digital Commonwealth
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Children celebrate the bicentennial. fansinaflashbulb
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
James Rhoads of the National Archives prepares to cut a Bicentennial birthday cake in Washington D.C. Standing next to Rhoads is actor Glenn Taylor dressed in colonial costume, who read the Declaration of Independence during the ceremony. AP
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Democratic Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter holds an baby during a Bicentennial celebration near Lumpkin, GA. AP
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
American Freedom Train. Wikipedia
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
First Lady Betty Ford, with President Ford, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the President’s Dining Room in conjunction with a 1976 state visit during the U.S. Bicentennial. fordlibrarymuseum
26 Photographs of the America’s 1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Bicentennial Bell. Friends of Independence National Historical Park

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