Tacky, Wacky, Wonderful Vintage Independence Day Celebrations

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Saturday is Independence Day here in the States, and you know what that means: Americans doing wacky things while other Americans take pictures. Join me for a stroll through some delightfully offbeat shots of the past.

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Of course there are the requisite Old Hollywood promo images. Here’s silent film actress Dolores Costello striking a pose in front of the stars and stripes. She looks just about damn done with this photographer:

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The caption on this one: “Elizabeth Young, a Paramount player of the 30’s is celebrating Independence Day by waving sparklers and linking arms with Lyda Roberti (1910 - 1938 ) the German-Polish leading lady who was a former child cafe singer.”

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Your guess is as good as mine re: this 1933 snap. It comes with this explanation, which really doesn’t go far enough: “Members of the Greenbriar Amateur Movie Club, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia with their rocket for 4th July celebrations.”

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Here are a couple of babies competing in a July 4th baby parade in Pennsylvania, circa 1955. Baby George Washington!

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The ‘70s, man:

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Julio Iglesias and Beach Boy Mike Love performing at the Washington Monument in 1984. That SHIRT:

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But, wait, look at this blazer Dolly Parton wore to sing on the National Mall in 2003. Perfect:

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Let’s close this out with this truly wild picture of the Denver Broncos’ mascot in front of Independence Day fireworks. PATRIOTIC ENOUGH?

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Contact the author at kelly@jezebel.com.

Image via Getty, AP.

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adultosaur married anna on the astral plane

i’m deeply offended that no one has posted about the REAL holiday happening this weekend.

steven grant rogers’ 97th birthday.

(i am using first avenger gifs to keep in the spirit of pictorial)