Films to Watch for the Fourth of July

Independence Day, better known as the Fourth of July, is a time when people can kick back and relax to celebrate American freedom annually. What’s one of the ways you can enjoy this special day? A movie marathon with friends and family can be a fun option to try. Not sure what movies to watch? Here’s a list of motion pictures that will make your sense of liberty and country burn with pride.
Independence Day (1996)
If sci-fi and defending your homeland from aggressive extraterrestrials are your thing, then Independence Day might be the Fourth of July movie you’ll love to watch. Starring iconic figures Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, America tries its best to repel an invasion by space aliens who have technologically advanced weaponry. From cheesy lines to firework show-level explosions all around, it’s definitely a fun watch.
A League of Their Own (1992)
There’s nothing more American than baseball, one of the most well known and enjoyed sports in the United States. But what if you add gender equality and history to it? That’s what the well-received movies “A League of Their Own” was all about. Starring big names like Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and even Madonna, it was all about the rough and tumble drama and victories of the ballgame while mixing in some good ol’ girl power.
Rocky (1976)
Yet another sports movie, this time focusing on boxing. Rocky is a very well-recognized movie and has been referenced or parodied so many times that it’s been floating about pop culture all this time. After being set up to fight major boxer Apollo Creed, the small time fighter Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, trains to take on this ringside giant and make a name for himself.
Red Dawn (1984)
This movie has a pretty crazy plot. American Teens defend their school and country from the encroaching Soviet Union, fighting to keep their country and freedom safe from tyranny and oppressive rulership. Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost) and Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) take the roles of the lead males in the film as they plan, attack, and push back the invaders while experiencing all kinds of drama along the way.
Hidden Figures (2016)
With women empowerment already on the list, it’s time to focus on another minority: The African-American. The story follows the Aftermath of the Soviet’s launch into space, pressuring America into sending their own to the vastness of the world beyond our atmosphere. But Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wouldn't have reached their goal if not for the sharp minds of three women of color (played by talented artists Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae respectively), whose knowledge in mathematics and engineering helped bring the crew to space and back safely home.
Grab yourself a bucket of popcorn, turn up the AC, and enjoy these fantastic flicks on your day off to truly enjoy the freedom your forefathers fought for to give you the moments of peace and enjoyment you experience today.