Across the nation in 1976, innumerable events - from parades and fireworks displays to television programs and sporting events - marked the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Many Americans donned red, white, and blue to commemorate the bicentennial. These patriotic shorts, worn by Richard Platz of Detroit, Michigan during the celebration, include historic revolutionary icons in a contemporary aesthetic.


  • Title: American Revolution Bicentennial Cutoff Shorts, 1976
  • Date Created: 1976
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Commemorations, Fourth of July, American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976, Shorts (Garments), Clothing
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Shorts (Garment)
  • Object ID: 2004.89.2
  • Image ID: THF8476
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Richard and Barbara Platz.

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