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Nothing says 'Fourth of July' like decorated, super-patriotic cars

July 1, 2011 - 10:20 AM
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Just another America-mobile. (Photo:flickr/EDWWday_dae(esteemedhelga))

My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty ... and sweet land of cars. The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, D.C., and to honor the holiday of American independence, On Foot has collected 30 killer photos of kitschy, patriotic glory embodied in American cars. See Corvettes draped with American flags, dangling red, white, and blue accessories, trolleys ready to salute the U.S., and even children and dogs finding a way to celebrate their country with their wheels.

At the heart of all these cars is the Fourth of July parade. Washington D.C. will hold its own on July 4 at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue, though the D.C. parade may emphasize the bigger attractions — from marching bands to floats to cheering walkers — rather than the simple, decorated cars that make up the Independence Day parades in so many towns in America. The simplicity of a decorated car rolling through the town square is a beautiful thing, and one worth noting before we leave for the holidays.

 The oldest Fourth of July parade actually dates back centuries. The first parade kicked off in Bristol, Rhode Island all the way back in 1785 (far before the time of decorated cars, but I imagine more than a few horses were draped with American flags). The parade has grown over the years, and as we reach 2011, it's a testament to our 30 photos of super-patriotic vehicles and a salute to American driving to find that Bristol, Rhode Island is crafting the preliminary designs for a commemorative license plate:

(Photo: Official Bristol Fourth of July Committee)

Happy Fourth of July, America! Drive safe.

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