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Top 5 Things to Watch for 4th of July Weekend

Jamie Lammers
July 5, 2019

The 4th of July season is here, and what better way to celebrate the declaration of America’s independence than with a day of hamburgers, fireworks, and parades? If you’ve got spare time during your celebration, check my top 5 movies and TV shows to help get you in a patriotic mood.

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The third season of 'Stranger Things' has 4th of July written all over it

5. This Is America, Charlie Brown

What better way to celebrate a day of nostalgia for our country than by looking at American history with some of the most nostalgic characters of all time? This show explores multiple events and heroes that shaped our country. It’s charming and absolutely a nostalgia pick for me.

4. The Incredibles

I wanted to include an animated movie here, and I knew Pixar would have something that fits. This film is a fast-paced, beautifully-animated adventure that portrays the life of the average American family with one special twist: they’re superheroes! If you want to see a fun animated film on Independence Day, pick this one.

3. Hidden Figures

It’s a feel-good movie that tells an incredible story, with fantastic performances that show the importance of treating every American citizen as equals, no matter race or gender.

2. Stranger Things Season 3

The newest season of the hit Netflix show is coming out July 4th, and some have already mentioned they’re going to spend that day at home binge-watching the season. While I’m not going to do that, I love the first two seasons and will definitely watch the third when it comes out. If the trailer is an indication of how Season 3 will turn out, it may be the best season yet.

1. 1776

When I first thought about writing this article, this movie was what came to mind. It has great music, choreography, and performances, it’s fun to watch, and what better pick for number one than a film that’s literally about the declaration of America’s independence? There are multiple versions of this movie (the one I own is the Director’s Cut Blu-ray), but whichever one you have at your disposal, please watch it for the 4th of July.

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'1776' - a musical drama released in 1972, directed by Peter H. Hunt

A few honorable mentions that didn’t make my top 5, but are worth a 4th of July watch: 

West Side Story: The quintessential American musical with great performances and incredible music and dancing.

Jaws: I didn’t love this film the first (and only) time I watched it, but it takes place on the 4th of July, and it’s a beloved classic film, and should be included here.

John Adams: A great show with amazing performances that takes a grounded look at the early days of our country.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Green Book: Both fantastic looks at racial issues in America with amazing performances.

Selma: A fantastic look at the resilience of the American people with an incredible, Oscar-snubbed performance from David Oyelowo as MLK.

What are your favorite 4th of July films or TV shows? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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