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17 vintage ads that prove everything was patriotic in the summer of '76

There's no better way to celebrate the Bicentennial than with a chainsaw and Pez.

It's the 40th anniversary of the Bicentennial. An anniversary of an anniversary. We suppose that makes it makes it the… quadragintibicentennial or however you would say that in Latin?

In any case, American pride was at a high during the summer of 1976. The Spirit of '76 touched every part of American culture, as stars and bars appeared on everything from bellbottoms to soda bottles. Companies were quick to ride the wave of patriotism with products and advertisements celebrating the birth of the United States. 

As these 1976 advertisements show, Bicentennial spirit reached everything from cosmetics and fast food to lawn care and automobiles.

1. Lighters

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What better way to light fireworks?

2. Candy

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Eat Pez from a Founding Father's neck!

3. Balloons

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Bicentennial helium not included.

4. Film

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The perfect way to capture budding Betsy Rosses.

5. Airplanes

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With a name like American, they had to do something.

6. Magazines

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Saturday Evening Post released a special Bicentennial edition.

7. Rental cars

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Perhas $76 seems expensive for a rental car in 1976, but that was for an entire week.

8. Chainsaws

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That will take down a cherry tree in no time.

9. Cosmetics

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Coty released colors in the shades of Colonial wildflowers.

10. Aluminum foil

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Who has slept on aluminum foil?

11. T-Shirts

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"What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" America! That's Todd Bridges.

12. Sportswear

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The perfect look for crossing rivers.

13. Guns

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We hope you could get it modified like the Rifleman.

14. Catalogs

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Kids needed to look sharp when touring historical sites.

15. Radios

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The perfect technology for listening to Sousa marches.

16. Comic book calendars

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How big was American pride? Even the Brits could order Marvel Bicentennial calendars.

17. Milkshakes

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Hey, McDonald's still releases green milkshakes for St. Patrick's Day. Let's get these every 4th of July.

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