Whether you plan on spending the day catching up on yard work or throwing a DIY 4th of July party of historic proportions, Independence Day is an excellent time to unwind with a family-friendly flick or two—and we’ve got you covered with a list of amazing patriotic movies! Some heartwarming film time with loved ones is the perfect way to end one of the best days of the year.
1. The Sandlot
This movie always manages to entertain every member of the family, no matter what age. With the perfect summer setting, The Sandlot tells the story of a young boy’s quest to get on a sandlot baseball team—and all of the hijinks that follow. And, of course, there’s a goosebump-inducing 4th of July fireworks scene.
What’s more American than an action movie about a big, bad shark? Jaws is a classic when it comes to summer movies, and naturally, it features a 4th of July shark attack. While it may be a bit too gruesome for younger kids, Jaws is a fun summer flick for older children and parents alike (and it’ll add a thrilling edge to any upcoming beach trip). Watch this epic battle of man vs. nature on a television worthy of a 20+ foot shark, like a new UHD TV with attention-grabbing vivid color technology.
3. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump will never get old, and there’s no better time to watch it than during a 4th of July family movie night. Tom Hanks’s iconic character, Forrest Gump, finds himself smack dab in the middle of some of the 20th century’s most significant historical events, making this film one of the most entertaining American history lessons you’ll ever see. Keep in mind that Forrest Gump is rated PG-13 so it may be better for families with older children.
If you’re looking for a movie that’ll have you chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” then this is the film for you. It’s based on the true story of the U.S. men’s hockey team’s path to defeating the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics. It’s a tale of adversity, comradery, and most importantly, VICTORY! Miracle will have everyone on the edge of their seats, sports fan or not. There are no 4th of July barbecues or fireworks, but you’ll undoubtedly feel patriotic after watching it. Stream Miracle through Netflix or Amazon on an LG smart TV with ultra-high definition and ultra surround audio.
5. An American Tail
For families with really young kiddos, there’s no better choice for a patriotic movie night than An American Tail. This animated movie tells the story of the Mousekewitzes, a family of Russian mice that immigrate to the U.S. after a cat destroys their house!
They come to America where their dad claims, “There are no cats,” only to discover that trouble and hardship can be found everywhere. The heartwarming tale of the Mousekewitzes is packed with lifelong lessons and patriotic entertainment that’s kid-friendly and grown-up approved.
6. Independence Day
We really couldn’t compile a list of 4th of July movies without including Independence Day. After a massive worldwide attack by an extraterrestrial race, a brilliant group of survivors must launch a counterattack…which conveniently takes place on, you guessed it, Independence Day.
There’s nothing better than snuggling in for a family movie after a full day of sunshine, fireworks, and red, white and blue cookouts. Let the grand ol’ flag fly on a new TV from Rent-A-Center, the place to go for great TV deals on rent-to-own TVs.