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Celebrate Fourth of July with these iconic movies

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By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger

In between the cookout sessions most will be having this long, holiday weekend in honor of the 4th of July, here is a list of movies to help celebrate freedom and remind us all that freedom isn’t free. Here’s to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

The Patriot – What is more patriotic than a movie that is set during the American Revolution? More movies set during the same time period, of course!

1776 – A pretty accurate retelling of the first Independence Day that focuses on the days leading up to July 4th, 1776, all wrapped up in a musical, of course.

Hamilton –A musical hip hop extravaganza available on Disney+ beginning July 3rd  that tells the story of the founding fathers of the United States of America by focusing on Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury and an influential economic thinker and a leading promoter of the Constitution of the United States.

National Treasure – Follow legacy treasure hunter “Ben Franklin” across the United States, as he searches for clues in hopes of finding hidden treasures from around the world buried by colonial Americans.

Independence Day – Can everyone come together to save the United States from an alien invasion in this 1996 sci-fi action film? Checkmate.

An American Tail – The classic animated feature that tells the story of a mouse family’s immigration to America in search of freedom. Perfect to watch with the little ones this weekend.

Jaws – Not exactly patriotic, but worth an honorable mention because it’s set on a beach during 4th of July. Our shark.

Born on the 4th of July – Chronicles the life of former Marine Ron Kovic and details over twenty years of his childhood, his military service and paralysis during the Vietnam War, and his transition to anti-war activism.

Red Tails – Celebrates the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron.

Captain America: The First Avenger – The fictional character, Steve Rogers, may be small in stature, but he sure is mighty in this Marvel movie that inspired many to never give up.

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