4th of July MoviesThe Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. They can spend the day with the family, enjoy a cookout, watch a parade, light some sparklers, set off some small backyard fire crackers, and then go out to watch a fantastic fireworks display. It is a fun, exciting, and even tiring holiday. What gets lost in the celebration, though, is what it is that is being celebrated! Yes, we know it’s “Independence Day,” the day the American colonists declared their independence from England, but why is that so significant?

Find sometime before the celebrating to watch some of these 4th of July movies with the whole family. Some are perfect for younger children and some are great for teens. They are all entertaining and educational. Learning a little about what led to the first 4th of July, as well as the people behind it all, can make the celebrating much more meaningful.

Movies for Children


Liberty's Kids - The Complete Series (DVD)


Travel back in time to witness history in the making with Benjamin Franklin’s teenage reporters as they confront the real and physical dangers of the American Revolution. Trapped in opposite sides of the war – James, an American colonist, and Sarah, a young English reporter – are forced to choose between friendship and allegiance to their countries. All while they try to look after mischievous Henri, a French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure! (You can also watch Liberty’s Kids on Amazon. It’s part of Starz on Amazon, which you can try out free for 7 days.)
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1776 (Restored Director's Cut) (DVD)


You'll be seeing stars and stripes as the most fascinating leaders in American history come to life in 1776, a musical about the birth of a nation! With the Boston Harbor still stained from over-taxed British tea, a revolution is brewing in the colonies! And now England has thousands of troops headed for America's shores to squelch her subjects' freedom-loving spirit! It's up to John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to convince a stubborn congress of British colonists to unite as American patriots turn the inevitable war with England into a Declaration of Independence!
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Patrick Henry - Quest for Freedom (DVD)


In this award-winning film American History comes to life with colorful characters, delightful humor, and dramatic 3-D animation. It's storytelling at its best, as Boomer the Eagle introduces students to the founding fathers at the 1775 Virginia Convention. Together, they follow the action leading to Patrick Henry's famous rallying cry for American independence: "Give me liberty or give me death!" Awards: Dr. Toy's "100 BEST Childrens Products 2007", and "Top 10 Educational Products 2007",winner of an iParenting Media Award, the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, Family Reveiw Center Platinum Award. Endorsement and approval of both the Dove Foundation and Kids First!
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Paul Revere: Midnight Ride (DVD)


The Shot Heard Round the World. The British Are Coming – One if by Land, Two if by Sea – sound familiar? Famous phrases all related to Paul Revere s famous ride to warn the American colonials of the Redcoats impending arrival prior to the American Revolution. Ellie, a charming, emerald-eyed eagle, introduces young patriots to Paul Revere, who was chosen for one of history s most important missions: ride from Boston to Lexington, Mass., and warn the Colonial Minutemen of the arrival of the British soldiers (or Regulars, as we learn they were called, therefore altering the famous alert The British are coming to the more accurate The Regulars are coming). Come along on a risky ferry ride across the Charles River past the British blockade; await the infamous one if by land, two if by sea lantern signal; ride by moonlight to warn the Minuteman captain in Medford; and rendezvous with the colonials in Concord.
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Johnny Tremain (DVD)


Return to the days that sparked the American Revolution, now on Disney DVD for the first time! Meet young Johnny Tremain, a silversmith's apprentice with dreams of learning the trade and making his own way. When a terrible injury ends his hopes, he joins the emerging Sons Of Liberty. The Redcoats are coming as you journey back to the Boston Tea Party, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and Lexington Green, where tyranny was vanquished by an idea -- freedom for all! Based on the classic novel by Esther Forbes, you won't want to miss one historic moment of Disney's classic adventure and liberty's rising light.|The film was originally meant as programming for the Disney television series, but when production costs mounted, Walt Disney decided to release it as a feature film.|The film is based on the 1943 novel by Esther Forbes, who won a Pulitzer Prize that year for her book "Paul Revere And The World He Lived In." "Johnny Tremain" won a prestigious Newbery Medal the following year.|Disney gave his youngest daughter, Sharon, a small role in the film so she could get into the Screen Actor's Guild and do commercials. Sharon can be seen during the mob scenes delivering her one-word line: "Yes."
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Movies for Teens and Adults


Sons Of Liberty [DVD + Digital] (DVD)


Anarchy rules in 1776 as a secret group of radical young Americans join together in the fight for independence from the sovereign roll of a king and his empire. They test authority. They incite protest. They create the blueprint for modern democracy… as the Sons of Liberty. For teens and adults.
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George Washington - The Complete Miniseries - Digitally Remastered (DVD)


George Washington: The Complete Mini-Series – Digitally Remastered. Chronicling Washington’s life from age 11 to age 51, this unparalleled biopic of the America hero is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by James Thomas Flexner. Nominated for six Primetime Emmys, the series explores key moments in Washington’s life and career, including his involvement in the French and Indian War, the coming and commencement of the Revolutionary War, and the victory of the Independence from England.
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John Adams (DVD)


John Adams (Repackage/DVD)

John Adams is a sprawling HBO miniseries event that depicts the extraordinary life and times of one of Americas least understood, and most underestimated, founding fathers: the second President of the United States, John Adams. Starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, HBOs American Spendor) in the title role and Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, Kinsey) as Adams devoted wife Abigail, John Adams chronicles the extraordinary life journey of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government, whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Set against the backdrop of a nations stormy birth, this sweeping miniseries is a moving love story, a gripping narrative, and a fascinating study of human nature. Above all, at a time when the nation is increasingly polarized politically, this story celebrates the shared values of liberty and freedom upon which this country was built.

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Benjamin Franklin (DVD)


Now in his 70s, Franklin is the oldest revolutionary leader. Congress sends Franklin to France in an effort to secure an alliance with England's rival; Franklin's political skills help him coax the French to support the American cause, leading to final American victory at Yorktown. With peace secured, Franklin returns home. Two years later, an ailing Franklin enters the constitutional convention to guide rancorous delegates.
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The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. They can spend the day with the family, enjoy a cookout, watch a parade, light some sparklers, set off some small backyard fire crackers, and then go out to watch a fantastic fireworks display. It is a fun,...