The Best Fourth Of July Movies For Families

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Vote up your favorite movies to watch with your family on the 4th of July.

The best family-friendly 4th of July movies are kids movies that have a bit of patriotism to them. They tend to show some semblance of the American Dream or at least they take place during the summer. Independence Day kid movies don't necessarily have to be the most patriotic films but celebrate America in some small way. You're going to find some PG-13 rated movies on the list, like Captain America: The First Avenger and Lincoln. But they are still considered to be family friendly films with patriotic themes.

Be sure to vote up your favorite family movies to watch on  the Fourth of July. They come from almost any decade but check back each year for new kids movies that are great ot watch on Independence Day. So jump on the couch after you're done watching the fireworks and press play on one these great family flicks to watch on Independence Day.


  • Forrest Gump
    Photo: Forrest Gump / Paramount Pictures

    Take a trip through historical American events with Tom Hanks as your guide. Forrest Gump is a classic film your family is sure to enjoy.

    Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save -- his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).
    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field

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  • A League of Their Own
    Photo: A League of Their Own / Columbia Pictures

    Gina Davis, Tom Hands, and Madonna lead this all-star cast. A League of Their Own is about how women saved baseball as WWII threatened to shut it down all together. It's also the movie that taught us, "There's no crying in baseball."

    As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell co-star as two of the sisters' teammates.
    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz

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  • Baseball, summer, and swimming pools, it doesn't get more American than that. Use this Independence Day as an opportunity to share this classic from your childhood with your own kids.

    When Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry) moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together they go on a series of funny and touching adventures. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence.
    • Actors: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York
  • Schoolhouse Rock
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    Available on Disney+, this sing-along of topical tunes features educational animated videos, such as "I'm Just a Bill," "The Preamble," and "Fireworks" sure to entertain the whole family and maybe teach a thing or two.

    A generation of American kids grew up singing the catchy tunes that were a integral part of "Schoolhouse Rock." These animated shorts incorporate songs that illustrate educational subjects such as history, science, multiplication tables and basic grammar.
    • Actors: Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon, Grady Tate

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  • Hidden Figures
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    This Independence Day is a great time to celebrate everyone who contributed to America's part in the space race. Hidden Figures is a great movie for anyone looking for an inspirational movie to watch on the 4th of July.

    Three brilliant African American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
    • Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali
  • National Treasure
    Photo: National Treasure / Buena Vista Pictures

    National Treasure is a great way to get your kids interested in American history while also enjoying an Indiana Jones style adventure film. If the family gets excited about this one, be sure to follow it up with the sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

    Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States. Joining an expedition led by fellow treasure hunter Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an ice-locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. But when Howe betrays him, Gates has to race to get to the document ahead of his so-called colleague.
    • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight

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