Four Fourth of July Shows for Kids

Four Fourth of July Shows for Kids

The following is a list of four Independence Day (July Fourth) related movies for kids. They’re just as fun as a box of fireworks, safer, and easier on the wallet, too. Enjoy all four of them, or settle for one.  If you are having trouble deciding which movie or TV show to watch this 4th of July, consider watching the one with the Felipe Femur seal of approval next to it. This is Felipe Femur’s top choice for Independence Day enjoyment!

Independence Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July the 4th, 1776. This was done by the Continental Congress, which declared that the thirteen American colonies at the time now regarded themselves as a new nation—the United States of America—and thus no longer part of the British Empire. Independence day is a day of celebration, and many Americans enjoy barbecues, carnivals, time with family, parades, picnics, baseball games, time at the beach, and fireworks, but for the evening after or for a little time out of the sun, these shows will help pass the time and educate. Each is a short animate film or series that kids are sure to enjoy.

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Ben and Me (1953)

Released theatrically on November 10, 1953 Ben and Me is the oldest item on this short list of Fourth of July shows for kids, and was adapted from a children’s book. A short film follows Amos, a church mouse, as he helps in Benjamin Franklin with his inventing, publishing, and eventual political career. Among Amos’ contributions are inspiring Franklin to build the Franklin stove, figuring out how to fix a major problem with the smoke, and encouraging Franklin to print an event newspaper called the Pennsylvania Gazette rather than the Almanac that while full of information, served little purpose. Amos and Franklin have a falling out but finally resolve their disagreements in the midst of the American Revolution, and Amos helps with the drafting of the United States Declaration of Independence. While Ben and Me is far from historically accurate, it is educational to a degree with it’s depiction of the classic printing press and some of Ben Franklin’s inventions as well as his famous kite experiment, plus children will love the mouse character, Amos. Overall, this is the shortest show on the list with a single short running episode at twenty minutes.The animation is Disney quality. The film takes place between 1745 and 1776.

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Liberty’s Kids – The Complete Series (2002-2003)

Liberty’s Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series. Liberty’s Kids intent was to teach its audience about the origins of the United States of America, very much like the Peanut’s mini-series: This Is America, Charlie Brown on the list below. Liberty’s Kids depicts young people in dramas surrounding the major events in the Revolutionary War days. The show features Benjamin Franklin, in a far more competent way than he was depicted in Ben and Me. In addition to Franklin, there are four fictional associates of his (Sarah Phillips, James Hiller, Henri Richard Maurice Dutoit LeFevbre, and Moses) and the show follows them in their experiences during the American Revolution. There are forty (40) episodes that run approximately twenty (20) minutes each. Topics include: the Boston Tea Party, The Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and First Continental Congress. The show does deal with tough subjects such as slave ownership. It’s an education program that remains entertaining to watch.

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Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection  (1976-2002)

Schoolhouse Rock! is an American series of animated, musical, and educational short films. The program covers many subjects outside of America and politics, such as science, grammar, money, and earth in general, but has a whole sub-series devoted to America called the Election Collection. This set include the famous I’m Just a Bill episode, as well as The Great American Melting Pot, No More Kings, Three Ring Government, Suffrage, and Declaration of Independence in the episode Fireworks.

The musical element is sure to appeal to children and the series is quite educational and a variety of American related topics. The episode Fireworks is perhaps the best suited episode for the 4th of July if you happen to want to watch only one.

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This is America, Charlie Brown (1988-1989)

This Is America, Charlie Brown is an eight part animated television mini-series, depicting events throughout American history with characters from the acclaimed Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. The mini-series aired from 1988 to 1989 on the CBS television station.The interesting thing about This Is America, Charlie Brown is that adult characters were also depicted in the show, which never happened in the comic stripe or previous animated shorts. This was done to better depict historical figures such as George Washington.

Themes for the eight episodes include: The mayflower voyage, The signing of the Constitution, The Wright Brother’s flight, NASA space station, the Transcontinental railroad, the Presidency, and heroes of America. For a more modern take on similar themes, Liberty’s Kids is suggested. Both Liberty’s Kids and This Is America, Charlie Brown have a lot of educational merit.

 

 

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