How to Become Patriotic if You Can’t Go Out on Mondays

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) — Monday is the day Americans celebrate Independence Day. They also do it in different ways.

Whether it’s watching fireworks, attending parades or other activities, there’s plenty to see and do. However, some of us have to work and, let’s face it, when it’s time to quit, you might not feel like doing much. There are also many who cannot go out for various other reasons and simply choose to stay home.

Luckily, TV and online streaming offer plenty of ways to enjoy the day right from your couch. Here is a list of channels that will air movies and shows to celebrate the day.


They always have something related to the 4th of July and the fireworks. Tune in to “A Capitol Fourth” starting at 8 p.m. for patriotic music, live entertainment and…of course, fireworks. It’s the 42nd year he’s been on television and the first time since 2019 – due to COVID-19 – he will return to the West Lawn of the US Capitol.

You can also watch on the PBS website and YouTube channel.


Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks airs starting at 8 p.m. from New York City.


The Patriot

Peace-loving farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the colonial militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

American factory

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the shell of an abandoned General Motors plant.

America: the movie

A chainsaw-wielding George Washington teams up with beer-loving Sam Adams to defeat the British in a tongue-in-cheek riff on the American Revolution.

Forrest Gump

Follow Forrest Gump as he travels through some of a generation’s most famous moments and encounters some of the famous figures of modern history; from teaching Elvis to dance and sitting in an interview with John Lennon, to fighting in the Vietnam War and accidentally inventing the smiley face symbol.



The film version of the original Broadway hit “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theatre, film and streaming in a stunning mix of hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway starring founding father Alexander Hamilton.

hidden numbers

Together with Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae form an inspiring team of mathematicians working for NASA. Based on a true story set in the 1960s about how they helped the space race.

The Sandlot

One boy becomes a member of the gang, and nine boys form a team and their leader becomes a legend as they confront the terrifying mystery beyond the right field wall.

American captain

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into Captain America.

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Harriet tells the incredible story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s escape and how she led hundreds of slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Saving Private Ryan

One of the most realistic and dramatic 20 minutes of a film ever made. That alone is moving and reminds you of the ultimate sacrifices many made during WWII, not just in Normandy. Epic performances from Tom Hanks and a star-studded cast that will make you proud to be an American.

Inaddiction day

The usually joyful festivities that take place on this national holiday get worse when extraterrestrial forces attempt to take over major cities across the United States. Skip Independence Day 2, though.

A league apart

With empowered women at the center of this story, it’s a story we can definitely support. While most of the major leagues left to fight in World War II, an all-women’s baseball league formed in the Midwest. You can also read the latest news about one of the players, Maybelle Blair.


Words that built America

Celebrate the country’s founding documents read by celebrities, lawmakers and children in this special from Alexandra Pelosi.

John Adams

The popular HBO series chronicles the career of one of our founding fathers and his role in founding the United States.

Band of brothers

The epic miniseries follows WWII through the eyes of “Easy Company.” It is a 10 part drama and there are famous names like Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy.


If you like fireworks, you can watch a number of videos on YouTube. You can even watch 10 hours of fireworks in a row by watching this video. It has been viewed nearly 5 million times.

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