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Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at Fourth of July in 1970s

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Fourth of July celebrations really haven't changed that much since the 1970s. Parades, fireworks and picnics still dominate the day's events. Maybe the only thing that has changed are the hairstyles and fashions.

In this #TBT Gallery we look back at July Fourth celebrations in the Northwest suburbs in the late '70s.

The 13 colonies declared their independence from England on July 4, 1776, which led to the formation of the United States of America.

The idea of celebrating the day was thought to have come from John Adams, who wrote to his wife Abigail envisioning a day of pomp and parade.

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People enjoy the fireworks show in Wheeling on July 4, 1978.
People enjoy the fireworks show in Wheeling on July 4, 1978.
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A member of the Kiwanis Club hands out candy to kids during the Palatine 4th of July Parade, 1978.
A member of the Kiwanis Club hands out candy to kids during the Palatine 4th of July Parade, 1978.
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Cowboy hats are donned on this float during the Palatine 4th of July Parade, 1978.
Cowboy hats are donned on this float during the Palatine 4th of July Parade, 1978.
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A lady wears an American flag in her hair during the Des Plaines Fourth of July parade in 1979.
A lady wears an American flag in her hair during the Des Plaines Fourth of July parade in 1979.
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High school kids ride on a car during the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade in 1979.
High school kids ride on a car during the Hoffman Estates Fourth of July parade in 1979.
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Kids beg for candy the Streamwood Fourth of July parade in 1979.
Kids beg for candy the Streamwood Fourth of July parade in 1979.
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Shriners entertain the crowd during the Buffalo Grove Fourth of July parade in 1979.
Shriners entertain the crowd during the Buffalo Grove Fourth of July parade in 1979.
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Kids ride their decorated bikes during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July Parade in 1979.
Kids ride their decorated bikes during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July Parade in 1979.
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A marching band participates in the Arlington Heights 4th of July parade in 1978.
A marching band participates in the Arlington Heights 4th of July parade in 1978.
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