WHYY Presents

Bicentennial City

Special | 40m 40s | Video has closed captioning.

Though Philadelphia ultimately hosted over two million people at the 1976 Bicentennial, the 4th of July weekend suffered from overblown expectations. In the wake of Vietnam and complicated by a polarizing mayor Frank Rizzo, the celebrations represented the promise of redeeming the economically troubled city. But it laid bare some pressing questions of America’s national identity.

Aired: 06/29/21

Expired: 08/01/21

Rating: NR

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