A 1970’s Time Capsule


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Bicentennial logo commissioned by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.

Bicentennial logo commissioned by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.

On July 4, 1776, the United States celebrated the 200 Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The Bicentennial was more than the celebration of one day. It was a series of celebrations and observances during the mid-1970s that paid tribute to historical events leading up to the creation of the United States of America as an independent republic.  As with most events of this magnitude, a bureaucracy was form.  Congress created the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission July 4, 1966 and plans for the celebration ten years hence got underway.  Initially, the Bicentennial celebration was planned as a single city exposition (titled Expo ’76) that would be staged in either Philadelphia or Boston but after 6½ years of tumultuous debate, the Commission recommended that there should not be a single event, and Congress dissolved it on December 11, 1973, and created the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration (ARBA), which was charged with encouraging and coordinating locally sponsored events.

I played the clarinet in a locally run marching band (not connected with a school) and I remember significantly more parades that year. The one event I especially remember is when we were on the field where fireworks were being set off, we played the Star Spangled Banner during the fireworks display.  It made your whole chest rumble.

I know that all my readers are not from the United States so this event may not have a lot of significance for you.  In the big picture, the United States is just a babe compared to how long other countries have been in existence.  If our 200th Birthday had significance to you, I’d love to hear what you remember about the Bicentennial.

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9 responses

  1. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    I remember all the celebrations that took place in Niagara Falls that day. I was 13 at the time.
    Loved the Carol Burnett Bicentennial Moment!

    Michele at Angels Bark


  2. Ah, the Carol Burnett show. Its own set of memories! Thank you for the early morning laugh!


  3. I remember being glued to my TV watching all the festivities. Somewhere I have a box of photos. I think I posted one a while back of a parade through my subdivision.


  4. Pretty cool to live through all the bicentennial hoopla even if I was only 🙂


  5. stephie5741 says:

    What an amazing part of history to be a part of. Especially since those who participated in the bicentennial will likely not be around for the next one. (Tricentennial?)



  6. Birgit says:

    I remember this well and thought the celebrations were great

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  7. John Holton says:

    My cousin got married the weekend before, so that’s my big memory. I was dating a difficult girl at the time, and she wanted me there with her, but didn’t want to do anything, so I ended up watching the whole thing on TV…