Whether it’s playing in the background during the backyard cookout or you’re looking to chill out after a day of swimming and fireworks, here are a few movies to consider watching during the 4th of July Weekend!

Let’s Go on an Adventure

National Treasure
Let’s say it together… “I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence”. For those who haven’t seen the movie, it’s a fun adventure starring Nicholas Cage trying to find lost historical artifacts before the bad guy can get his hands on them. 

If history and treasure hunting is something that piques your interest, be sure to check out the following nonfiction book:

The Monuments Men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treaure hunt in history by Robert Edsel

Let’s Get Historical

Broadway comes to you in the hip-hop-inspired musical based on the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton. Heartfelt, energetic, and lyrically brilliant, Hamilton does not disappoint!

While you can only watch Hamilton on Disney+, you can find the following related items at BCPL:

Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording Alexander Hamilton (biography)

Hamilton: The Revolution (audiobook narrated by the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Let’s Save the World

Independence Day
Nothing quite says 4th of July like Will Smith dragging an alien body across the desert. The title of the movie alone tells you it’s the perfect movie for the holiday. 

If you’re looking for more action-packed alien films, be sure to check out the following:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Men in Black

Star Trek (2009)


Let’s Gear Up

Captain America: The First Avenger
Bravery! Honesty! Loyalty! And…on your left! Taking place during WWII, Captain America goes from the little guy to super soldier to defeat Hydra. 

If you like Captain America, you’re in luck! Not only is the film apart of the Marvel Universe, which mean hours upon hours of content, but there are three Captain America headlined movies (including Captain America: The First Avenger) which you can find at BCPL:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: Civil War

Let’s Find a Bigger Boat

You know what can really put a damper on your beach holiday? A super angry and hungry shark looking to chomp on swimmers and license plates. But a movie about the terror is perfect for the weekend!

If you’re looking for more movies from the depths, check out the following shark films:

The Meg

The Shallows

Deep Blue Sea

Let’s Go to the Upside Down

Stranger Things
Okay, so while technically not a movie, season 3 of Stranger Things has everything you need for a summer holiday binge; 1980s small-town nostalgia, fireworks and fairs, Fourth of July weekend, and deadly Demogorgons. 

If you’re looking for more kid-squad adventure movies, check out the following:

The Goonies

The Sandlot

Have even more 4th of July movie suggestions? Be sure to share them below! Happy Fourth and happy watching!

Written by Emily Sexton
Public Relations Specialist