If you're staying in the AC and out of the heat, you don't have to give up on your Fourth of July celebrations. There are a ton of movies focusing on American Independence this holiday that you won't want to miss.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM, Channel 43 on Comcast in the Woodbridge area) has these patriotic classics on their Fourth of July schedule today:
7:15 am, The Howards of Virginia (1940): Against the backdrop of the events leading up to the American Revolution, Matt Howard (Cary Grant) builds a fine plantation, Albemarle, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia out of love for his wife (Martha Scott), only to see it crumble under the strain of events and differences in their upbringing.
9:15 am, The Scarlet Coat (1955): Michael Wilding goes undercover to expose a Revolutionary War traitor - Benedict Arnold.
10:57 am, The Declaration of Independence (1938): An Academy Award-winning short.
5:00 pm, 1776 (1972): Another award winner, this musical, starring William Daniels, had memorable tunes and for many, was their first introduction into a true love for Revolutionary War history and lore.
8:00 pm, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942): The timeless and tuneful story of American patriot, songwriter, hoofer, and showman George M. Cohan, wonderfully played by Jimmy Cagney.
10:15 pm, Stars and Stripes Forever (1952): Fictionalized bio of bandmaster John Philip Sousa (well played by Clifton Webb), with standard march tunes prominently featured.