The Most Patriotic Super Bowl Ads Ever
By Tom Konecny
The most-watched television show every year is a little game known as the Super Bowl. The event comes with a certain uniqueness that’s unmatched in any other sport or entertainment program – the commercials aren’t nuisances, we actually watch them.
Ads are as much entertainment as the game, and they provide plenty of next-day water cooler fodder. We’re critiquing, ranking and laughing while ad meters score public reception to the high-priced, high stakes ads.
While humor is regularly employed, patriotism has also been a big part of Super Bowl commercials. Some have been so good over the years they deserve a second look. Here’s some of the best ones of all time that speak to our American pride.
2017 – “Ragged Old Flag”
This one wasn’t so much an ad as it was the opening segment for the 2017 game televised on Fox.
2005 – “Welcome Home”
Here’s a goosebump-inducing piece from Anheuser-Busch as strangers spontaneously clap for soldiers in an airport returning home.
2013 – “So God Made a Farmer”
You’ll only see one flag in this piece, but this ad overflows with respect, honor and patriotism in this creative Dodge segment.
2002 – “Respect”
There were no words in this poignant Budweiser ad following 9/11, and it aired only once.
2012 – “Halftime in America”
Clint Eastwood narrates this two-minute video recounting how the auto industry survived the recession. It’s inspirational and purely American.
2018 – “American Factory”
When WeatherTech built a new Illinois factory, they wanted everyone to know that Made-in-America products matter.
1999 – “The Big New Yorker”
OK, so this ad isn’t necessarily patriotic, per se, but it does feature our current president and his humorous side. You’ll also get to enjoy some fantastic shots of a great American city.