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Best 4th of July Movies for Kids, Teens, and Patriots

Looking for the best movies to watch with kids and teens this 4th of July? Enjoy these patriotic movies for older kids, tweens, teens, and patriots to celebrate this Fourth of July. 

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List of 4th of July Movies to Watch with Kids and Teens

Most of the Fourth of July movies for kids and teens on this list are generally family friendly, however some are rated PG-13, so there will be some language and mature content. Some take place on the 4th, some celebrate freedom, and some sing about freedom. Some films have fireworks and some just make you proud to be an American. 

Make sure to check out these movies July 4th or add them to your patriotic list of movies to watch later!

Remember to consider the age appropriateness and sensitivities of your children when selecting movies.

Are there any movies you’d add to the Fourth of July movies list? Drop them in the comments below. 

Independence Day Movie For Teens

  1. Independence Day (1996) – The most obvious choice for a Fourth of July movie is Independence Day. Although it’s rated PG-13, older kids may enjoy this thrilling alien invasion movie that takes place during the Fourth of July holiday. Will Smith and Bill Pullman are at their best!
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – When Captain America shares a birthday with America, then you have to watch the film. Plus it’s one of the more kid-friendly Marvel movies. Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, a kid from Brooklyn who has the heart of a superhero. 
  3. The Sandlot (1993) – This classic coming-of-age film follows a group of kids who bond over their love for baseball during a summer in the 1960s, including a memorable Fourth of July scene.
  4. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – This musical biopic tells the story of composer and actor George M. Cohan, who created the patriotic song “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” It’s a great choice for a patriotic celebration.
  5. Born on the Fourth of July (1989) – This film is based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic and explores his experiences and struggles after being paralyzed in combat. It’s more suitable for teenagers.
  6. 1776 (1972) – This musical drama depicts the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and can provide an educational and entertaining experience for kids interested in American history.
  7. Hidden Figures (2016) – This inspirational story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program to send John Glenn into space is one of my favorite movies. It’s probably geared more for older kids and teens, but a definite must-watch.
  8. Jaws (1975) – Although primarily known as a thriller, Jaws is set during the Fourth of July weekend in a beach town, making it a thrilling choice for a summer movie night.
  9. The Patriot (2000) – This historical war drama stars Mel Gibson as a farmer turned reluctant Revolutionary War hero. It offers action, drama, and a patriotic theme that aligns with the spirit of Independence Day. This movie is for teens.
  10. National Treasure (2004) – A PG-Rated Film, National Treasure teaches kids about history but is also a fun adventure. The film emphasizes the importance of American symbols, such as the Declaration of Independence, and portrays characters who are determined to protect and preserve the nation’s heritage. The protagonists’ quest can be seen as a metaphorical representation of the American spirit of independence and the pursuit of liberty.

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Pop some popcorn, make some 4th of July desserts, and enjoy these films and 4th of July memes!