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6 movie moments to inspire your Fourth of July celebration

There are so many options for how you can spend the Fourth of July weekend honoring the red, white, and blue. But why not look to the movies to find inspiration for how you can celebrate America’s Independence Day—as we do for so many other holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Groundhog Day)?

Let’s get started!

Bill Pullman Independence Day - Today we celebrate our independence day

Play a night game: The Sandlot (1993)

If you can find an open field (or, better yet, a manicured diamond, if the Tigers don’t get there first), and if you don’t lose your only ball over the neighbor’s fence, you can play baseball all summer long. But only on the Fourth of July, when fireworks illuminate the sky, can you pretend you’re in the big leagues. (Though all but the most dedicated of players will likely need a brief pause to peer up at the pyrotechnics.)

BONUS TIP: Pack your speakers and use Ray Charles’ “America the Beautiful” as your stadium soundtrack.

Visit the amusement park: Adventureland (2009)

Adventureland - Fourth of July Kristen Wiig Bill Hader

Hey, U.S.A.! Happy birthday!

Your local amusement park is sure to have plenty of Fourth of July activities to fire up some flag-waving fervor. Try your hand at carnival games, check out the jugglers or the performing dog show, or get cozy with your crush under the rockets’ red glare.

BONUS TIP: Don’t throw your trash on the ground! Use the holiday-themed garbage can.

Go for a swim: Jaws (1975)

Jaws - Amity Island - Fourth of July

Amity Island would love to welcome you to its seaside resort town for the holiday weekend. And wouldn’t you know it? The water’s fine! With Chief Brody on duty, it’s fairly unlikely you’d encounter any trouble taking a dip in the ocean, despite pesky rumors of shark attacks, and a few young practical jokers trying to scare the tourists.

BONUS TIPS: Stay in the shallows, keep an eye out for fins, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

And for an extra burst of patriotism, watch Quint’s “Indianapolis” speech.

Throw a backyard BBQ: My Girl (1991)

My Girl - Fourth of July picnic

Nothing says summer in America like burgers and hot dogs on the grill, and you can usually count on a foxy family friend to share their famous potato salad. Add corn on the cob, baked beans, and beers, and you’ve got yourself a feast fit for our founding fathers.

To stay true to the spirit of the holiday, gather your guests around the flag pole and sing The Star-Spangled Banner together—or, if you’re especially talented, toot the tune on your tuba. And for dessert, snuggle close with a loved one, or learn a few life lessons from your wise Uncle Phil while watching the fireworks display.

BONUS TIPS: To avoid a scene, don’t invite your ex. And be polite, please; no one wants to see your half-chewed food.

Celebrate with the townsfolk: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

I Know What You Did Last Summer - Sarah Michelle Gellar pageant

Most communities host Independence Day celebrations, from parades and potlucks to beauty pageants. The parade route is often packed with spectators, so show up early to stake a prime viewing spot where you can check out festive floats and the marching band.

Later, sample the lobster boil on the boardwalk, or head to the community center to ogle the young women showing off their, ahem, talents as they vie for the Croaker Queen crown.

And for those night owls who want to keep the party going, you can always head to the nearby beach for ghost stories around a campfire, or a sandy makeout sesh next to a mysterious shipwreck.

I Know What You Did Last Summer - Jennifer Love Hewitt - What are you waiting for, huh? via gifling.com

BONUS TIPS: Don’t drink and drive, don’t run over an old fisherman, and definitely don’t try to cover up his death by throwing him in the ocean. Oh, and don’t get murdered, either.

Catch a show: Magic Mike (2012)

BONUS TIP: Remember to bring your dollar bills!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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