The Best All-American Movies and TV Shows to Stream on Netflix This 4th of July

If you were planning on spending the Fourth of July holiday relaxing by the pool or flipping burgers on the grill, you might want to rethink those plans. A holiday heatwave is forecast for much of the U.S. this July 4, which will likely send many people heading indoors to escape the high temps

Hot, sticky weather might keep you on the couch rather than in the backyard, but it does give you an excuse to spend the day watching a Fourth of July-themed movie or TV show. Whether you’re in the mood for a drama about America’s fight for independence or a series about a group of kids who spend the summer fighting off monsters from another dimension, Netflix has you covered. 

Stranger Things

The much-anticipated third season of Stranger Things arrives on Netflix on July 4. The summer premiere is a switch for the series, which usually arrives around Halloween, but it makes sense for this season, where we’ll get a look at Hawkins, Indiana’s Independence Day 1985 celebration.  


Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning movie about Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) during the final months of the Civil War is a must-see for anyone interested in American history. 


Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, and Tom Berenger in Platoon
Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, and Tom Berenger in Platoon | Roland Neveu/LightRocket via Getty Images

Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe stars in this Oliver Stone drama about a young soldier’s experience during the Vietnam War. It won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. 

Turn: Washington’s Spies 

A group of spies help American revolutionaries defeat the British during the Revolutionary War in this AMC drama starring Jamie Bell. All four seasons are streaming on Netflix. 

An American Tail 

Have kids? Then hit play on An American Tail, a 1980s animated classic about a Russian mouse named Fievel who learns to make his own way in America when he is separated from his family. 

Out of Many, One

In this 30-minute documentary, a diverse group of men and women prepare to take the U.S. citizenship test. 

Netflix also has a number of other documentaries about American history, including Ken Burns’ The Civil War, The Vietnam War, and The West, Ava DuVernay’s 13th, and Frank Capra’s WWII-era propaganda doc Prelude to War (part of his Why We Fight series) 

What about other Fourth of July favorites? 

Jaws movie poster
Jaws| LMPC via Getty Images

Netflix is missing some favorite movies that you might want to watch this Independence Day. Here’s where you can watch them instead: 

  • Independence Day: Streaming on Hulu 
  • The Patriot: Rent or purchase on Amazon 
  • Jaws: Streaming with a Starz subscription; also available to rent or buy on Amazon 
  • A League of Their Own: Rent or purchase on Amazon 
  • The Sandlot: Rent or purchase on Amazon 
  • Born on the Fourth of July: Rent on YouTube or iTunes 
  • 1776: Rent or buy on Amazon 
  • John Adams: All seven episodes streaming for free on Amazon Prime.
  • Top Gun: Rent or buy on Amazon 
  • Captain America: The First Avenger: Rent or buy on Amazon 

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