In July 1976, Columbus communities marked the nation's bicentennial with fanfare.

Among the patriotic floats in Bexley's parade was this one called "Birth of a Nation," sponsored by the Defense Construction Supply Center.

It featured uniforms worn by U.S. soldiers in several wars. In Upper Arlington's parade, there were 20 more floats than usual, including the "Salute to the Freedoms for Which We Fought" by neighbors from Dunbar Terrace.

At the Trike and Bike Parade in Lincoln Village, children ages 3 to 10 decorated their bicycles, wagons and pets.

Also, the big Red, White & Boom fireworks display in downtown Columbus still was a few years away; that event didn't begin until 1981.