A Particularly Psychedelic Bicentennial Celebration



During the Bicentennial, the “Spirit of ‘76” was alive and well. Each day was like Independence Day. It seemed that everything was painted red, white, and blue. Bicentennial commemorations proliferated in advertisements, on television, in films, at festivals, and at community and family gatherings. In 1976, the U.S. Information Agency commissioned animator Vincent Collins to commemorate the Bicentennial with a psychedelic cartoon entitled “200”. The animation was funded by a Bicentennial project grant. Vincent Collins’ “200” is an interesting time capsule that inadvertently indicates the lingering influence of the 1960s through its psychedelic rendering of the celebratory atmosphere of the Bicentennial.

You can download the short animation at http://www.archive.org/details/200.

Here it is!

You can also visit the Library of Congress website to see how Florida celebrated the Bicentennial at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/legacies/FL/index.html