Allow me to suggest five movies that are perfect to watch before or after the Fourth of July fireworks. – Monty

5) The Sandlot (1993): What sport is more American than baseball, right? And these kids only played one night game a year, on the Fourth of July, because the fireworks lit up the sky enough for them to see. It’s a very nostalgic scene, with Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful”. You’ll wish every night could be a perfect summer night just like that.


4)¬†Jaws (1975): When Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to alert the beachgoers of Amity, Maine about a recent shark attack, Mayor Vaughan (Murray Hamilton) warns him: “You yell barracuda, everybody says, “Huh? What?” You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.” This first summer blockbuster is still a classic (but not good viewing if you’re heading to the shore soon).


3) Armageddon (1998): Bruce Willis is Harry Stamper, a deep-sea driller leading a ragtag group into space (!) to blow up a deadly asteroid. I don’t recall if any of these shenanigans actually occur on the Fourth of July, but this Michael Bay blow-em-up boasts sunlit American flags, kids with red wagons, and two space shuttles named Freedom and Independence.


2) Live Free or Die Hard (2007): Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, racing around the East Coast over the Fourth of July weekend to stop a computer hacker who comes across like an angry Ryan Seacrest. Each new action sequence amps up the amount of ludicrousness until the finale featuring Bruce fighting a jet fighter with a tractor trailer. It’s all dumb fun, and Bruce uses his American know-how (and really takes one for the team ) to beat the bad guy. Seacrest out!


1) Independence Day (1996): ‘Nuff said! Here’s a massive alien-invasion movie that literally counts down to July Fourth. Bill Pullman’s President Whitmore even declares “Today we celebrate…our Independence Day!” ¬†Sure, the aliens wipe out intricate models of the White House and the Empire State Building. But, we’ve got Will Smith at the height of his summer box office greatness on our side! “Welcome to Earth!”




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