The Spirit Of ’76!!!!

I think it’s safe to say that many of you weren’t around for America’s bicentennial in 1976.  Too bad, you certainly missed something.
1977 Mets Yearbook Photo Of Bicentennial
It was hype and nationalism and commercialism all wrapped into one particular event which was technically one day – July 4th, 1976 –  but had one hell of a lead-up.  Imagine the Olympics lasting for 18 months, and you’ll start to get an idea.

CBS broadcast a “Bicentennial Minute” every day for 2 years.  We had bicentennial TV specials, bicentennial candy bars, bicentennial soda bottles…  We even had special quarters.
1976 US Quarter reverse

That might not seem like a big deal now, but back then it was absolutely crazypants to have anything other than an eagle on the back of a quarter.  There were special half dollars and dollar coins as well, but we didn’t really notice because then, as now, nobody used those.

Everything was Stars & Stripes and three-cornered hats.  If there was anything that could be spangled with stars, Buddy, you’d better believe that it was star-spangled!

1976 Mets Yearbook Dairylea ad

Everything was made to be red, white and blue… fire hydrants, freight trains, water towers, trash cans, park benches…

…baseball yearbooks…
1976 Mets Yearbook Revised Edition
1976 Pirates Yearbook
1976 Tigers Yearbook

…baseball cards…

1976 Kellogg's Felix Millan

1976 Hostess Bucky Dent

After two years of build-up, I’m sure that there were a lot of people who became sick and tired of all the hype surrounding this event… but at least they could comfort themselves with “The Beer For The Bicentennial”.
Schmidt's Beer Ad From Mets Yearbook

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3 thoughts on “The Spirit Of ’76!!!!

  1. I was a couple years out of college. Took my then girlfriend to downtown Houston for the fireworks. They really went all out.

  2. Pingback: The Funny Hats Of ’76!!!! |

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