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Family flicks for the Fourth of July
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The Sandlot is all about Americas favorite pastime: baseball. Scotty Smalls reminisces about the summer of 1962 when he first discovered the sandlot and the neighborhood kids who taught him more than just how to throw a ball. - photo by Sarah Bringhurst
FAMILY TIME This weekend we celebrate Independence Day. Whether you are headed out of town or staying close to home, most families have some big plans to celebrate our country.

Between all of the barbecues and fireworks, there just might be time for your family to enjoy a movie together. Here are a few suggestions we think everyone will enjoy.

The Sandlot

The Sandlot is all about Americas favorite pastime: baseball. Scotty Smalls reminisces about the summer of 1962 when he first discovered the sandlot and the neighborhood kids who taught him more than just how to throw a ball.

The Sandlot has arguably one of the most patriotic scenes of all time. While everyone else in the neighborhood is barbeCuing and playing with sparklers, the sandlot gang decides to play ball under the bright colors of the fireworks exploding above them. With America the Beautiful playing in the background, there are not many other scenes that capture what the Fourth of July is all about better than this movie.

Whether you grew up playing the game or not, you will love watching these kids and the shenanigans they get themselves into.

The Sandlot is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 8+ on Ok.com.

National Treasure

National Treasure takes you on a trip into history as a team of historians goes on a good old-fashioned treasure hunt.

Benjamin Gates is an eccentric historian with a love for his country. When he finds out a shady colleague plans to steal the Declaration of Independence, Ben has no choice but to steal it first.

Put your U.S. history knowledge to the test as Ben and his gang follow one clue after another in pursuit of the biggest treasure in the world.

Filled with wit, romance and trivia knowledge, this movie is about as exciting as history can get.

National Treasure is 76 percent worth-your-time and appropriate for ages 8+.

An American Tail

America has long been known as the land of opportunity. People from all over the world have come here to have a piece of the American Dream.

An American Tail is an animated motion picture following the Mousekewitz family as they immigrate to the United States from Russia in search of a new start. When Fievel gets lost along the way, he meets some friends who show him the best America has to offer as they help reunite him with his family.

This is a family friendly film that celebrates the diversity that makes up our American identity.

An American Tail is 100 percent worth your time on OK.com and is appropriate for all ages.

Miracle

Miracle is the true story of the 1980 U.S. Mens Olympic Hockey Team. When pitted against the supposedly unbeatable team from Russia, the young and talented Americans carried the hopes of an entire nation. In a brilliant underdog story, the team and coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) fight their way to a gold medal victory.

This sports drama captures a glimpse of the fighting spirit of America. Even under insurmountable odds, America almost always finds a way to rise above, just as the 1980 team did on the ice.

If there is one lesson to be learned from Miracle, it is that we should never lose hope. Despite all the odds, anything is possible if you believe in miracles.

Miracle is 100 percent worth your time on OK.com and is appropriate for ages 8+.