5 Movies to Watch on Independence Day

This 4th of July, after the parades, barbeques and fireworks displays are over, settle in for the night with one of these movies.
This is America, Charlie Brown
This selection is actually a set of 8 Charlie Brown episodes that are based on American History. Charlie Brown is entertaining for both children and adults, and children will learn about important people and events from American history, such as Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, and the signing of the constitution. This is America, Charlie Brown is a great family 4th of July selection.
Independence Day
This movie takes place just before, and on July 4th. On July 2nd, aliens invade earth. The president, military officials and the unlikely David Levinson, a satellite technician, work to make a plan to save the earth from this attack. On July 4th, David comes up with a plan that allows them to defeat the aliens.
Glory
This movie is set during the Civil War. It focuses on some specific people and events from this important time in American history. Specifically, Captain Robert Shaw, who led the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. This regiment was the first all-black one. The film depicts the regiment battling at Fort Wagner, where Shaw and many of his men died. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry did, however, inspire many more black soldiers to volunteer for the Union.
Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is set during World War II, during the battle of Normandy. All four brothers from the Ryan family are fighting in the war, and after three of the four brothers die, a search begins to find Private Francis Ryan, so that he can be sent home. Many of the men sent to find Private Ryan are killed, and Ryan is distressed when he finds this out, since he views his “brothers in arms” as his only remaining brothers. He is ultimately returned home. This movie is a great example of the toll war can take on American soldiers.
Rocky
Rocky is a must-see, classic American movie. Rocky Balboa is a debt collector in Philadelphia, who gets his start in boxing in 1975. Undefeated heavyweight champion boxer, Apollo Creed, selects Rocky as his opponent for the World Heavyweight Championship when his original opponent is injured. The fight takes place on New Year’s Day, 1976. Rocky takes the world by surprise by going 15 rounds with Creed. The fight goes to Creed by decision, but the new boxer, Rocky, made a name for himself with this fight. 1976 is the year of the Bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, making this film a very fitting choice for the 4th of July.